LA Rams: Speedy Rookie DB Robert Rochell slowed by injury

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Freak accident to freakishly athletic defensive back

The news out of training camp about Robert Rochell was a steady stream of ever glowing reports. Veteran teammates loved his potential. Position coaches loved his early production. But that damned injury bird just pecked another Rams rookie.

A wrist injury is not the end of the world for a cornerback. Depending on the severity of the injury, and the type of cast used to immobilize the site, Rochell could be returning in time for the last preseason game. But nothing is known with any certainty just yet. LA Rams head coach Sean McVay talked to reporters at the end of the day about Rochell’s injury:

"“With Rochell, it was kind of a freak little accident, he was going in to punch the ball, he’s going to have wrist surgery on Monday. Same thing (with) Bobby Brown, he got his UCL in his thumb, he’ll have a quick little fix.” – Sean McVay in post drills press conference (see video on the next slide)"

Injuring the wrist as McVay described it could be less severe than other forms of wrist injuries. Punching at a football is a far different version of injury than falling to the bottom of a pile and having it bent in an awkward way. We’ll need to await the official diagnosis, but this one does not sound too troubling.