LA Rams injury update: Surgery for OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

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LA Rams injury update: Surgery slated to repair OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo’s elbow

The LA Rams are starting to feel the effects of their football season now. After five games, players are beginning to show the effect of the gradual wear and tear on their bodies. Rookie safety Jordan Fuller has already aggravated his shoulder injury.  Now, the impressive start to a new football season for outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo had been halted temporarily due to an untimely elbow injury. “Obo” is headed for elbow surgery

Elbow surgery at this point will allow him to return in time to help the Rams make a playoff run.

Timely injury

If the surgery is successful, a four to six-week absence from the Rams schedule is as fortuitous as possible. That’s due to the Rams bye week occurring in week nine. That means that the Rams will travel to San Francisco, host Chicago, travel to Miami, have a bye week, host Seattle, and then travel to Tampa Bay. By the time the Rams host the San Francisco 49ers, Obo should be ready to play once more.

Of course, no injury is fortunate. Right now, Obo is starting to become a dominant force off the edge for the Rams. And it’s his play that has helped to reset the pass rush to one of the most dominant rushes in the NFL.  In his absence, the Rams will need to get production from recently returning Terrell Lewis, Samson Ebukam, Jachai Polite, and Justin Hollins.

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The Rams are entering a very difficult part of their schedule. Despite the 49ers’ struggles, they will be a tough game. The Chicago Bears are playing very well. And a trip to the East Coast is always a challenge. This injury, coupled with the loss of Jordan Fuller, places more pressure on the defense to cover and tackle well.