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QB Clemens a surprise cut as Rams pare down

The Rams released veteran quarterback Kellen Clemens along with 20 other players on Friday in order to reduce the roster to the 53-man limit for the upcoming 2012 regular season.Clemens had been projected to be the main backup to 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Sam Bradford after re-signing with the Rams during the offseason, but lost out to undrafted rookie Austin Davis.The seventh-year pro made three late-season starts for an injured Bradford after being claimed off waivers from Houston in 2011, throwing for 546 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.A second-round pick of the Jets in 2006, Clemens' most extensive NFL action came in his second season, when the 29-year-old made eight starts and threw for 1,529 yards and five touchdowns with 10 interceptions.With Bradford's injury history and Davis' inexperience, the Rams may be on the lookout for an experienced quarterback prior to the team's Sept. 9 season opener at Detroit.The Rams also released quarterback Tom Brandst...

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