Bumps, bruises, but LA Rams look good for Week 5 TNF

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We know that whenever the LA Rams faced the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, the Rams were certainly worse for the wear. In their first meeting of the 2020 NFL season, the team emerged after the game with injuries to defensive back Taylor Rapp, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, offensive guard David Edwards, inside linebacker Micah Kiser, and placekicker Kai Forbath.

In their second meeting? The LA Rams lost running back Darrell Henderson to a high ankle sprain, and starting quarterback Jared Goff obliterated the thumb on his throwing hand.

In their third meeting? The LA Rams lost starting quarterback John Wolford to what was termed as a neck stinger. Three games. Three significant and season-shattering injuries.

Hoping health holds

It’s a new season, but the memories of limping away from each of the three contests with the Seahawks cannot be washed away. Not this quickly. Particularly not when some reports of the Wolford hit circulated the nation described as ‘a dirty hit’. Clean or dirty, the Rams cannot ignore the fact that the game of football became a game of survival against Seattle.

So far, the Rams are nursing a few aches, scrapes, bumps, and bruises. But the team is fairly healthy compared to the roster that began the 2021 NFL season. Still, based on the experience of just months ago, the Rams had better stock up on ibuprofen and Ace bandages.

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Win or lose, the Rams have had to deal with a revolving door of banged-up bodies so far, primarily at the running back and outside linebacker positions. The Seattle Seahawks games, for whatever reason, seem to take a tremendous toll on the Rams roster a year ago. Hopefully, that pattern changes course this season.