William Hayes DL STL 8 Days

Hayes is the new starting defensive end with Chris Long out for at least two months, ESPN.com reports.

Hayes had five sacks and 28 tackles as a backup last season, and should see those numbers improve as a starter. This would be a good time for Hayes to shine, as Robert Quinn will be attracting a lot more attention.

William Hayes DL STL 14 Days

Hayes (chest) is probable for Sunday's game against Minnesota, St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Jim Thomas reports.

Hayes is ready to go for Sunday, and he'll serve as a useful off-the-bench contributor on a St. Louis defensive line that got even stronger with the offseason addition of first-round pick Aaron Donald.

William Hayes DL STL 2 Months

Rams DE William Hayes underwent three offseason surgeries.

Coach Jeff Fisher didn't reveal details. They were all likely of the clean-up variety. Hayes sprained his MCL last September, but appeared in 14 games. Over the past two seasons, he's racked up 12 sacks as the third end behind Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Hayes, 29, will fill the same role again in 2014.

William Hayes DL STL 12 Months

Rams DE William Hayes has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

Hayes was forced from Sunday's loss in the first quarter. He's week to week. Eugene Sims will fill in as the Rams' top sub behind Robert Quinn and Chris Long.

William Hayes DL STL 12 Months

Rams DE William Hayes exited Sunday's Week 3 game with a knee injury and is doubtful to return.

Hayes left in the first quarter before returning for one play. He limped off and appears to be done for the day. Eugene Sims will be the No. 3 end.

William Hayes DL STL Mar 12 '13

Rams re-signed DE William Hayes.

It's a nice keep for the Rams. Hayes had a career year in St. Louis in 2012 with seven sacks as a rotational lineman, and he likely could have gotten an opportunity to start elsewhere had he hit the open market. Hayes will be the No. 3 end with the Rams, and coach Jeff Fisher likes to kick him inside on passing downs.

William Hayes DL STL Mar 11 '13

MLive.com reports the Lions are expected to make a heavy push for free agent DE William Hayes, and are one of several teams "actively pursuing" him.

Beat writer Anwar Richardson believes Hayes is the Lions' No. 2 target after Reggie Bush. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that Hayes was unlikely to re-sign with St. Louis. A five-year veteran who has experience in coach Jim Schwartz's system, Hayes would make a lot of sense for a team that's likely to lose Cliff Avril and Sammie Lee Hill in free agency.

William Hayes DL STL Mar 10 '13

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the market for free agent DE William Hayes is expected to be "much higher" than the Rams are willing to pay.

Hayes had a career year with the Rams in 2012 on a one-year deal as their No. 3 end, and he's likely looking to capitalize on it by finding a team that will allow him the chance to start. That's not going to be in St. Louis with Robert Quinn and Chris Long entrenched as starters. A team like the Lions would make a lot of sense for Hayes.

William Hayes DL STL Feb 22 '13

Coach Jeff Fisher says the Rams want to re-sign free agent DE William Hayes.

Hayes came over from the Titans to join Fisher in 2012, and he had the best year of his career. He played in all 16 games and recorded a career-high seven sacks as a rotational lineman. The Rams' official website recently said re-signing Hayes is a "must."

William Hayes DL STL Dec 31 '12

Rams beat writer Nick Wagoner believes re-signing DE William Hayes is a "must."

Hayes is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The soon-to-be 28-year-old enjoyed a career year with the Rams after coming over from the Titans prior to the season. He registered 35 tackles and set a new career-best with seven sacks while working in behind starters Robert Quinn and Chris Long. Pro Football Focus graded Hayes out as the ninth-best run-stopping 4-3 defensive end, too.