The St. Louis Rams dipped into the past to fill a void at wide receiver on Wednesday, signing former No. 1 pick Eddie Kennison.
Kennison, 35, played for the Rams from 1996-98 after being the 18th overall pick of the '96 draft. He's been out of the NFL since Kansas City released him in February.
The Rams need a replacement for Drew Bennett, who broke his left foot in the first quarter of the opening 38-3 loss at Philadelphia. Bennett will wear a cast for three to four weeks and could be out as long as six weeks.
Kennison was limited by hamstring and shoulder injuries last year and played eight games for the Chiefs, catching 13 passes for 101 yards. He's one of two players in franchise history with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2004 and '05.
Kennison had 54 catches, a 17.1-yard average and nine touchdowns in his rookie season in St. Louis, thriving opposite Isaac Bruce, while also averaging 14.6 yards on punt returns with two touchdowns.
e of fans, and had 17 catches in 1998. The Rams traded him to the Saints for a second-round pick in the next offseason.
The Rams waived linebacker David Vybora, the last overall pick of this year's draft, to clear roster space. Vybora was re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers, and cornerback Darius Vinnett was released from the practice squad.
Detroit signed wide receiver Brandon Middleton and put tight end Dan Campbell on injured reserve.
Campbell's season is over because of a hamstring injury a year after an elbow injury limited him to just two games.
Middleton was among the final cuts Detroit made this year after having some success on special teams during the preseason. In five games last season with the Lions, he returned four kicks for 83 yards and had eight receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.

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