ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams released tight Michael Hoomanawanui and guard Quinn Ojinnaka on Sunday after claiming two offensive linemen off waivers.
Hoomanawanui was a fifth-round pick of the Rams out of the University of Illinois in 2010. He's been plagued by injuries over his previous two seasons in the NFL, catching 13 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2010 and catching seven passes last season before a knee injury ended his season after eight games.
Ojinnaka signed with the Rams as an unrestricted free agent in March. He started all four of the team's preseason games at left guard.
Robert Turner, a fourth-year player who was signed as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets, probably will fill the starting spot at left guard.
Tackle Ty Nsekhe and guard Shelley Smith were the two players claimed off waivers.
Nsekhe (6-8, 325) spent the 2012 offseason with the Indianapolis Colts.
Prior to joining the Colts, he played three seasons with the San Antonio Talons of the Arena Football League.
Smith (6-4, 297) entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice of the Houston Texans in 2010.
As a rookie, he spent time on Houston's practice squad before he was promoted to the active roster in December.
Smith spent the 2011 season on injured reserve.