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Clifton Ryan | Defensive Lineman

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 310
College: Michigan State
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The Rams have shown no interest in retaining free agent DT Clifton Ryan.
Ryan was once viewed as St. Louis' run-plugging nose tackle of the future, but his play slipped the past two seasons, including an injury-plagued 2010. The 27-year-old may draw light interest as a rotational tackle in free agency. Thu, Mar 17, 2011 10:50:00 AM

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Impending free agent DT Clifton Ryan's migraine issues have subsided, and he's been working out at Michigan State.

Ryan underwent a battery of tests, including a visit with a concussion expert, in an attempt to fix migraine issues that limited him to just one game in 2010. His health will be a question mark going into next season. The Rams have given mixed signals on bringing him back.
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 12:38:00 PM

Rams placed DT Clifton Ryan on injured reserve with recurring migraines, ending his season.

Ryan, 26, had a disappointing contract year. He lost his starting job to Gary Gibson early on, ultimately appearing in one game after starting all 16 in 2009. Ryan should at least be easy for St. Louis to re-sign in the offseason.
Wed, Oct 27, 2010 03:18:00 PM

Rams DT Clifton Ryan (migraines) was ruled out for Week 2 against Oakland.

St. Louis gave up 112 rush yards at 5.3 yards per carry to a Cardinal rush attack that was without Beanie Wells in Week 1. As Ryan is arguably the Rams' best run-stuffer on their front seven, Raiders RB Darren McFadden has a mouth-watering matchup on Sunday in Oakland.
Sat, Sep 18, 2010 06:08:00 PM

Rams re-signed restricted free agent NT Clifton Ryan to a one-year, $1.684 million contract.

Though not a true difference maker, Ryan is the Rams' top run defender and made a career-high 42 tackles as mostly an early-down plugger in 2009. St. Louis remains desperate to upgrade at the "three-technique" tackle spot next to him, where the team played musical chairs throughout last year.
Tue, Apr 20, 2010 11:11:00 AM

The Rams have extended restricted free agent NT Clifton Ryan a second-round tender.

Ryan isn't an ideal fit for Steve Spagnuolo's pressure-first scheme because he doesn't push the pocket, but remains perhaps St. Louis' best lineman against the run. Ideally, Ryan's snap count will be way down going forward.
Wed, Mar 3, 2010 04:27:00 PM

Rams signed fifth-round DL Clifton Ryan to a three-year contract.

The former Michigan State Spartan was a pass rushing tackle-end hybrid in college but will convert to nose guard in the pros. Ryan doesn't have the body type or background for the switch, but seems to have taken to his new role.
Sat, Jul 14, 2007 10:01:00 AM

Rams selected Michigan State DT Clifton Ryan with the No. 154 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Ryan (6-3/310) was a penetrating type at Michigan State who will play the nose in St. Louis' 4-3, although he dabbled at end as a Spartan. The Rams have discussed using more 3-4 alignments in the recent past and added two versatile DLs in Ryan and No. 13 pick Adam Carriker.
Sun, Apr 29, 2007 01:50:00 PM

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