Austin inactive for Rams; Bunkley plays for Saints

Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin is inactive for the St. Louis

Rams after missing the practice week with a left ankle injury.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who like Austin had been questionable,

will start against the New Orleans Saints.

Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was active Sunday after

being questionable with a back injury.

After the Rams drafted Austin in the first round, Austin had

taken pride on never missing a practice let alone a game.

Right guard Harvey Dahl also was inactive with a knee injury for

St. Louis. The Rams released defensive end Gerald Rivers and

promoted wide receiver Justin Veltung from the practice squad and

Veltung was active Sunday.

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