The LA Rams did not avoid player injury in week two, as both Noteboom and Akers leave the game early. But the team cannot let injuries get out of hand.
The LA Rams were hoping for a victory and hoping to emerge without any player injury. The Rams came away with the victory, but not do so unscathed. In this one, two Rams were injured. The initial reports from the game suggested that rookie running back Cam Akers had suffered a ribs injury.
The initial report from the game suggested that offensive line Joseph Noteboom, just back from a reconstructed knee in 2019, suffered a lower leg (calf) injury. That was met with the news that both veteran RB Malcolm Brown and CB Darious Williams were injured. Suddenly, the health of the LA Rams roster was in the news again. No matter how skilled the front office or coaching staff, injuries cripple the team’s chance for success.
Was this another wave of injuries?
Rams injuries headlining once more
The post-game injury report was a bit better than expected. The Rams discovered that Joe Noteboom’s calf injury was a grade 2 calf strain. While he will likely need three-four weeks to recover, he will be back. Likewise, Cam Akers’s rib injury is day-to-day, and will likely need a bit of time to heal, but he is out for a short time.
Both RB Malcolm Brown and CB Darious Williams are dinged but able to play this week. While the Rams are playing without OT Chandler Brewer for this year, and have ILB Travin Howard on IR all season, the team could welcome back NT A’Shawn Robinson as early as week seven and may get OLB Terrell Lewis back in week four.
Rams could be getting full strength
As the Rams prepare to face the New York Giants, the Rams will likely decide the immediate future of Joseph Noteboom to synchronize with the return of Terrell Lewis. That will allow the Rams to work even longer with their entire practice squad for another three weeks. And with the return of Terrell Lewis, the Rams get a strong shot of pass rush in time to tune up against the New York Giants and Washington football teams before the team takes aim at their first division rival, the San Francisco 49ers.
After the 49ers game, the Rams may be getting reinforced on the defensive line, as nose tackle A’Shawn Robinson could be returning as well. If the Rams can get to six wins by the 49ers game, and barring any further injuries, the Rams could be welcoming everyone back to full health and reinforcing the roster once more. With the Rams next hosting the Chicago Bears and then traveling to play the Miami Dolphins before the bye week, the Rams have a true chance at 8-0 heading into their bye week. As long as these Rams stay healthy, this could be a powerfully successful season for the LA Rams