Wide receiver Keenan Burton has been released by the St. Louis Rams to make room for newly-acquired Mark Clayton on the roster. This couldn't have been an easy decision for coach Steve Spagnuolo; the hard-working Burton was one of his favorites.
A fourth-round draft pick out of Kentucky by the Rams in 2008, Burton was slowed by knee injuries during his time in St. Louis. He played in 22 games including seven starts in his two seasons with the Rams, catching 38 passes for 425 yards and one touchdown.
Burton suffered a season-ending knee injury last Nov. 15 against New Orleans, causing him to miss the final seven games of 2009. Burton also missed three games as a rookie due to a knee injury.
Interestingly, the Rams kept rookie wideout Dominique Curry ahead of Burton after trading for Clayton. A possession receiver who seemed to do his best work in the slot, Burton had eight catches for 57 yards this preseason.