LA Rams forced to promote Joseph Noteboom to starter at LT
By Bret Stuter
After the LA Rams lost Andrew Whitworth to injury, they promoted Joseph Noteboom to start at left tackle
The LA Rams have been healthy for the most part. Well, compared to many teams in the NFL in week nine, that is. There was a rush of optimism as the Rams took the field at SoFi Stadium to face the rival Seattle Seahawks. The team was as healthy as it had been all season.
That eroded rather quickly. The first injury noted was a reported knee injury to Taylor Rapp early. Nick Scott assumed defensive snaps. The second injury was a knee injury to left tackle Andrew Whitworth. In his place, the LA Rams sent out Joseph Noteboom. The third injury was to left guard David Edwards. The Rams sent in Bobby Evans to take over. Finally, the Rams lost kicker Kai Forbath in the fourth quarter to injury. In just over one game, the LA Rams lost four starters. Two of whom are starting offensive linemen on the left (blind) side of quarterback Jared Goff.
Will Rams duct tape OL hold?
The LA Rams are caught in that bad injury mojo of 2019. Suddenly, multiple starting offensive linemen are dropping to injuries. Thankfully, the Rams experienced a similar fire drill in 2019, and are prepared.
Now the Rams must depend upon Joseph Noteboom and Bobby Evans to hold the line. But the team did learn from 2019 that they can help the offensive line a great deal by playing heavy doses of two-tight end offensive formations.
The Rams continue to cling to a small lead. Hopefully, the defense will be as stingy in this second half as it has in previous games this season. The LA Rams, now with two offensive linemen and a kicker injured, will be hard-pressed to outscore the Seahawks if Seattle gets cooking.