LA Rams Injury Update: How much did victory cost the Rams?
By Bret Stuter
More players dinged up
The LA Rams were banged around pretty much throughout the entire game. The game was a tough physical confrontation, and the Rams had several players who were playing with some injuries. The most obvious was offensive left guard David Edwards who left the game early after aggravating an ankle injury. Thankfully, the Rams were able to send in offensive lineman Bobby Evans, who played well enough next to left tackle Andrew Whitworth to hold the Rams line of scrimmage.
While the Rams were working with Edwards’s ankle, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd took a shot to the head that resulted in a potential concussion to Floyd at a critical point in the game. That required Floyd to leave the field of play and be evaluated for a concussion. Meanwhile, the Rams defense did not weaken, but remained furious and fast, continuing to put pressure on Wilson. Floyd was able to return to the game. But that was a bullet dodged once more.
The final straw was the absence of running back Cam Akers in the latter part of the game. Of course, Akers had come back quickly from a reported high-ankle sprain, and it was a good thing that he did. Akers was the little engine who could in that game. In a very Todd Gurley-esque fashion, Akers rushed 28 times for 131 yards and a touchdown and hauled in two passes thrown his direction for an additional 45 yards.
But late in the game, it was Malcolm Brown running the ball. That turned out to be just fine, as the Rams did win the game. But that means that Akers too will be limited in practice. And with Henderson on IR, the Rams will be giving snaps to Xavier Jones this week.
The Rams Injury update could have been much worse. But so far, the Rams not only appear to be getting everyone back but could be even healthier with another week of recuperation to Goff’s thumb. The Rams will match up well in round two as well. Their opponents will either be the Green Bay Packer or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We’ll be looking at the round two match-ups throughout the week. Go Rams!