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Rams place CB Cortland Finnegan on season-ending IR

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Cortland Finnegan's season is over. (USATSI)
Cortland Finnegan's season is over. (USATSI)

A disappointing season for Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan has ended in a most disappointing manner.

Finnegan, who hadn't played in two weeks because of an eye injury and was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report, was downgraded Saturday and placed on the Injured Reserve list, officially ending his season.

Along with Finnegan, the Rams also announced they had placed quarterback Brady Quinn on the IR list, and in replacing Finnegan's spot, they activated rookie safety T.J. McDonald from the short-term IR list.

Finnegan was a major disappointment this season, ranking dead last among the 108 cornerbacks measured by Pro Football Focus. He also missed three weeks earlier this season with a hamstring injury, and when he returned, he was limited to nickel back duties.

Asked about his early-season struggles, Finnegan told Titans Online in late October, "That's obvious. You know what, from a personal standpoint, I think I was not buying in totally, wasn't making plays. I'm not sure they were big plays; there were one or two passes, giving up two passes a game, and one of them was a touchdown. That seems to be a bad stat especially when you're losing. It's just getting back to basics, and I enjoy that. You got to thrive through the good and bad times. I'm not really worried about that."

This was before his eye injury, so Finnegan also mentioned the following: "I found my dagger, so now I got my swagger. ... I think it was like Thor -- it was in a rock I couldn't get out of. I knew I had to pull softly. I tried to pull with everything I had, and it just wasn't working."

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