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LB Bryan Kehl Enjoying Lockout

Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl hasn’t minded that the lockout wiped out several months of Organized Team Activities and mini-camps.

“I’ve been living here in Utah — in paradise,” Kehl said according to Dana Green of ABC 4 Sports in Salt Lake City. “Normally, I would have just finished up about a three-month offseason training program, which I don’t really like.”

The 27-year-old Salt Lake City native was selected in the fourth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of BYU by the New York Giants, where Kehl totaled 60 tackles, one quarterback sack, and one interception in 31 games before he was waived after the 2010 season-opener.

Claimed off waivers by the Rams, whose head coach Steve Spagnuolo coached in New York in 2008, Kehl started one of 14 games, totaling 35 tackles, including seven on special teams.

One of four linebackers to start on the weak side in 2010, the 6-foot-2, 237-pound Kehl is not guaranteed a starting job, a key role, or even a roster spot in 2011, making his comments regarding the preseason a little surprising.

“Nobody likes the preseason,” said Kehl. “If they get a deal done and we roll into camp in mid-August, play one or two preseason games, I think everybody would be pretty happy. Deals get done when there’s pressure on, and the pressure is on now because everybody loses if games are missed.”

The Rams are scheduled to open training camp in less than three weeks, a date that may be in jeopardy if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached within the next few days.

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