Tavon Austin of the Los Angeles Rams had surgery on his wrist this week, but is expected to be good to go by the start of training camp.
When it comes to members of the Los Angeles Rams facing the most pressure heading into the 2017 season, the argument can be made that Tavon Austin ranks near the top of the list, especially after the team added a few playmakers during this year’s draft. The Rams made a questionable decision prior to the start of the 2016 season after rewarding Austin with a hefty four-year, $42 million extension, and if last year’s disappointing numbers weren’t already frustrating enough, the team hopes a recent surgery doesn’t set the wideout back even more.
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According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Austin is expected to miss organized-team activities after having an arthroscopic procedure done on his wrist, although he’s expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp in July. For a player looking to prove his value on offense to Sean McVay during the new head coach’s first season in Los Angeles, Austin can only hope this wrist surgery turns out to only be a minor setback for the upcoming 2017 season.
As mentioned before, the Rams made a questionable move by jumping the gun on Austin after rewarding him with such a ridiculous contract since the argument can be made he’s only put together one solid season over the last four years. Expectations were high for Austin after finding the end zone on 10 different occasions during the 2015 season, but the former first-round pick to a step back last year after only recording 509 receiving yards (career high) with only four total touchdowns.
For a player to be making the type of money Austin is getting from Los Angeles while only having a career high of 509 receiving yards is absolutely embarrassing. And depending on how the upcoming season goes after this recent wrist surgery, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Rams at least consider the possibility of a trade if the additions of Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds end up working wonders for Jared Goff in the passing game.