ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2: Austin Pettis #18 of the St. Louis Rams makes a reception in front of Kevin Barnes #22 of the Washington Redskins October 2, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Redskins defeated the Rams 17-10. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
Rams receiver Austin Pettis has been reinstated after his four-game suspension, but the big question is who will be moved to make room on the roster.
Pettis was suspended for the final two games of the 2011 season, as well as the first two games of the 2012 season, for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Pettis, a third-round draft pick out of Boise State in 2011, had 27 receptions for 256 yards and no touchdowns during his rookie season before being suspended.
Pettis is joining a crowded receiving corps on the Rams, and the team is going to have a tough decision as to what moves should be made to accommodate his addition to the roster. As Ryan Van Bibber of Turf Show Times notes, that decision will likely hinge on the status of other injuries on the team:
As for which move happens to go with Pettis' return, that could depend on the status of some other injuries, most notably at defensive tackle.
Michael Brockers and Matt Conrath have been unable to play, forcing the Rams to carry additional help at the position even while those two are still on the active roster. If one or both is able to play this week, one of the other defensive tackles could go.
In four preseason games in 2012, Pettis had six receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown.
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