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Rams Sign Joe Barksdale, Release Ty Nsekhe Thursday

St. Louis signed former Raiders offensive tackle Joe Barksdale Thursday. To make room on the roster, they released OT Ty Nsekhe.

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The Rams have released offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe and signed OT Joe Barksdale, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted Thursday.

Thomas suggested veteran left tackle Wayne Hunter will start Sunday vs. Seattle, despite ankle and knee injuries. He'll be challenged, given the aggressive pass rush of the Rams' Week 4 opponent, by Seattle. The Seahawks (1-2) had eight sacks against Green Bay in Week 3.

Barksdale, a third-round pick by Oakland in 2011, was released Wednesday by Oakland, not having appeared in any of the Raiders' three games this season. He is the second player drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2011 draft to be released by Oakland this year. They cut cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke during the preseason, and he was later signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nsekhe had signed with St. Louis in September after spending training camp with the Colts. He played the last three seasons in the Arena League.