Between his ruptured Achilles tendon and recent shoulder surgery, should the Los Angeles Rams be worried about Kayvon Webster possibly missing all of 2018?
Even though last offseason the main talk surrounding the cornerback position involved the Los Angeles Rams using the franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson for the second year in a row, one of the most underrated signings in free agency ended up being the two-year deal with Kayvon Webster. Believe it or not, the two sides seemed to be a match made in heaven when considering the Rams were his first visit in free agency, and Webster received his deal shortly after.
For the most part, Webster’s first season in Los Angeles was just what everyone expected since he was clearly a great fit in Wade Phillips‘ defense, which also was probably due to the fact that he spent time with the defensive coordinator from his playing days with the Denver Broncos. But unfortunately, Webster would see his season cut short in December when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.
Losing Webster when they did was a crushing blow for the Rams when looking at how great of a job he was doing on defense, and if recovering from this injury wasn’t already frustrating enough, the cornerback just recently had shoulder surgery as well. All things considered, it’s going to be a lot of work on Webster’s end to get back into his usual form to help Los Angeles on defense, but more importantly, the team may be concerned of when his actual return date may be.
As ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez recently mentioned, the timetable alone for recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon is 6-9 months, meaning there’s a good chance Webster could end up missing a significant amount of the 2018 season. Then again, what if Webster’s recovery sees a few setbacks, and he ends up being at risk to miss the entire year?
When taking all of these factors into consideration, it’s no wonder the Rams are considering all options over the next few months when it comes to the cornerback position, whether it ends up being through free agency or the NFL Draft. Hopefully, all goes well for Webster during the offseason where he can at least be back at some point in 2018, but as bad as it sounds, the team has every reason for concern over their beloved cornerback.