Rams Activate Little

Linebacker Leonard Little, suspended for the first eight games of the season for his involvement in a 1998 fatal accident, was activated Tuesday by the St. Louis Rams.

It's anticipated that Little will play on special teams Sunday at San Francisco. Coach Dick Vermeil said Monday that Little would need more time to make a contribution at linebacker.

Little was reinstated Nov. 9 by the NFL. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter on June 16 in a crash that killed Susan Gutweiler of Oakville, Mo.

Little was sentenced to 90 days in the city workhouse and four years' probation, and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service.

At 7-2, the Rams have the best record in the NFC and lead the West by four games.

The Rams also requested a one-week roster exemption for kickoff returner Tony Horne.

Horne, 23, was reinstated by the NFL after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Horne had returned kicks for touchdowns the last two weeks before being notified Oct. 19 of the suspension, with a 97-yarder Oct. 10 against San Francisco and a 101-yarder Oct. 17 at Atlanta, and leads the league with a 36-yard average.

The Rams made room for Little on the roster by releasing tight end Chad Lewis, who caught one pass for 12 yards and had two special teams tackles in seven games.

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