Jason Brown doesn't know 'rhyme or reason' for benching

Jason Brown said no one has given him a clear reason why he was demoted as the starting center for the St. Louis Rams.

Brown, who was signed to a $37.5 million, five-year contract by the Rams in 2009, will be replaced by Tony Wragge for Sunday’s game at Cleveland.

I don't know the rhyme or the reason," Brown said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "And I wasn't specifically given a plausible reason. But you know, people are demoted and fired every single day without just cause.

"I'm not going to be a complaining and whining veteran. The best thing I can do right now is continue to be a professional and aid my team with the work ethic and performance that I've always displayed. And that's what I'll continue to do.

"I don't know when, but I'm sure there will be a time sometime in the season where my services will be required again, and when that time comes, it's my job just to make sure that I'm ready and help my team win some games."

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said he met with Brown. Presumably, the coach offered up an explanation in that conversation.

“I've got a lot of respect for Jason Brown," Spagnuolo said. "Him and I had a talk on Tuesday. We're trying to get everybody better and everybody playing better. Jason's handled it like a pro."

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