St. Louis Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (86) runs for a touchdown against Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins (20) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) By Chris Schneider
St. Louis Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, left, makes a catch in front of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By Paul Sakuma
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (Oh-oh-man-ah-wah-new'-ee) got limited work in practice and the St. Louis Rams are encouraged the rookie could return from a high right ankle sprain in the season finale at Seattle.
Hoomanawanui worked with trainer Reggie Scott on Wednesday and showed enough to return to practice Thursday as the Rams worked outdoors in preparation for a game that will decide the NFC West. He has missed a month with this injury and was sidelined for a month near the start of the year with a high left ankle sprain.
When healthy, Hoomanawanui has been effective especially as a receiver with 13 catches, an 11.2-yard average and two touchdowns.
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