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Rams' Gholston Returns to Field
ST. LOUIS, MO. (AP) -- Vernon Gholston hopes the lessons learned during a year away from the NFL means a return to the league.

The defensive end was on the field Thursday for the first time since Chicago cut him at the end of training camp in 2011. The St. Louis Rams brought him in mostly because of an apparent foot injury to Eugene Sims, who was in a walking boot Wednesday and didn't practice Thursday.

Drafted sixth overall by the New York Jets in 2008, Gholston spent the past year preparing for another chance but says he doesn't have anything to prove about his past. If the Rams don't keep him, he hopes whatever he shows them translates into an opportunity with another team.

The Rams play at Dallas on Saturday and Gholston expects to play sparingly. Teams must cut rosters down to 75 players on Monday.
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