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Rams to host joint practice with Chargers during training camp

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams will host 15 open practices during training camp, including a joint practice with the neighboring Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 9, the team announced.

Rams rookies report for training camp on the campus of UC Irvine on July 26, with the veterans following July 28. The first practice will take place July 29 at 3 p.m. PT. All open practices are free for the public. Gates open 90 minutes before the start of practice and select players will sign autographs afterward. Here are the dates for the Rams' open practices: July 29, July 30, July 31, Aug. 1, Aug. 2, Aug. 4, Aug. 6, Aug. 7, Aug. 9, Aug. 10, Aug. 11, Aug. 14, Aug. 15, Aug. 16, Aug. 17. The Rams' joint practice with the Chargers will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The Rams and Chargers (Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California) will train roughly six miles apart.

The Rams trimmed their roster from 90 to 86 players in the week that followed their offseason program. Center Demetrius Rhaney, wide receiver Marquez North, linebacker Reggie Northrup, linebacker Teidrick Smith, defensive back Brian Randolph and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker were all let go. Walker was released amid reports that he had been accused of sexual assault in Lafayette, Louisiana, but a source said the move was made primarily because the Rams didn't see a place for Walker on their 53-man roster.

The Rams also signed the rest of their rookie class, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Josh Reynolds, outside linebacker Samson Ebukam, defensive tackle Tanzel Smart, fullback Sam Rogers and outside linebacker Ejuan Price.

Next up: Training camp.

"Training camp is always an exciting time of the year, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our fans back to Irvine for Rams football,” Rams first-year coach Sean McVay said in a statement. “From a coaching perspective, we are eager to see the players transition what they learned during the offseason program to training camp, and our practice with the Chargers will be another great opportunity for us to prepare for the regular season.”