(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Donnie Avery spent the past two seasons waiting for a chance to prove himself.
He's not sitting around any longer.
The five-year veteran tied his career-high with nine receptions in Indianapolis' 23-20 victory, and for the first time in three years, he's starting to look like his old speedy self.
''I think he is back,'' offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Thursday. ''His speed is back, his strength is back, his confidence is building.''
For Avery, it's been a long journey from No. 1-rated college receiver to his re-emergence as a bona fide NFL starter.
His career got off to a promising start after St. Louis drafted him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 draft - the first receiver chosen that year. In his first two seasons, Avery caught 100 passes for 1,263 yards and seemed destined to become a key piece in the Rams' rebuilding project.
All that changed late in the first half of a 2010 preseason game agai...