LA Rams injury update: OLB Lewis on NFI, add RB Calais

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LA Rams injury update: OLB Terrell Lewis placed on NFI, making room for RB Raymond Calais on the roster

The LA Rams roster is coming more into focus, but the image may not be what everyone wanted to see. The questions about rookie outside linebacker have been answered somewhat.  Whenever there is a knee injury to a Rams player, many have learned to hold their breath.  The outcome is not always a good outcome.  But in the case of rookie Lewis, the outcome seems to be better than it could have been.

So what is Terrell Lewis’s current status? He is out for three weeks. Reportedly, he suffered from atrophy in his formerly injured knee. A procedure to determine the presence of any infections 1 1/2 weeks ago was negative. But lingering atrophy persuaded the Rams to shut Lewis down for now and allow his knee to heal.

Their precautions will allow Lewis to return in time to face the New York Giants in week four.

While Lewis heals up, the Rams will turn to other players to contribute off the edge.

While Lewis is away, these cats will play

The Rams already intended to start veterans Leonard Floyd and Samson Ebukam on the edge. The first player off the bench would be Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, and now the next player off the bench will be Jachai Polite. While we know that the Rams believe in Floyd, Ebukam, and rapid riser Okoronkwo, this is the change for Jachai Polite to earn some defensive snaps on the team’s defense down the road.

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Meanwhile, the Rams need a roster spot for recently acquired RB Raymond Calais on the 53-man roster.  With the team’s assignment of Lewis to a temporary Reserve roster, the team has the opportunity to add Calais to the return game.  The team’s unofficial depth chart lists RB Darrell Henderson Jr. as the kick returner. But he has been hampered with a minor hamstring injury, persuading the Rams to add Calais to the roster Calais will likely be returning kicks for the Rams against the Cowboys in the opener. With any luck, he can showcase his speed by taking one to the house.