Los Angeles Rams catch break by avoiding serious injury with John Sullivan

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 03: Running back Todd Gurley
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 03: Running back Todd Gurley /

Los Angeles Rams center John Sullivan returned to practice on Monday after suffering an arm injury the day before.

As exciting as training camp can be, this time of year always brings out the fear in teams and fans when it comes to key players suffering injuries. When it comes to the Los Angeles Rams, it looks like the team avoided a little bit of a scare with one of their key members in John Sullivan.

Not long after Sean McVay came on board as the new head coach in Los Angeles last offseason, the former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator was able to convince the veteran center to come on board for the 2017 season.

Even though he only spent one year with the Redskins in 2016, Sullivan was considered an underrated signing at the time after starting 93 of 109 games as a member of the Minnesota Vikings from 2008-14.

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When looking at the impact made by Sullivan last season in helping the offensive line of the Rams work their way to being one of the top units in the league, rewarding him with a new two-year deal this offseason was a no brainer by the organization.

By doing so, this will not only continue to help the offensive line rank near the top of the league once again heading into the 2018 season, but also make Jared Goff feel a lot more comfortable under center.

With that being said, as mentioned before, there was a bit of a scare at training camp the other day in Los Angeles when Sullivan left practice with an arm injury. Luckily, it looks like the injury was only minor for Sullivan, or he wouldn’t have returned to practice on Monday.

The Rams must feel beyond thankful to see this injury looks like it was only minor, and even though Sullivan returned to practice, the team would be wise to play it safe by limiting his action over the next week or so.

As for Los Angeles as a team, expectations are higher than ever for McVay’s squad when looking at their surprise success from a year ago when most football fans assumed they would go through a year of rebuilding.

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Despite losing early on in the playoffs to the Atlanta Falcons, the Rams can hopefully use this as a learning experience to make sure it doesn’t happen again, assuming they live up to the hype of being a strong Super Bowl contender. If Los Angeles does come through, don’t be surprised if Sullivan and the rest of the offensive line play a key role in helping this happen.