LA Rams lose Darious Williams to Injured Reserve for 3 weeks

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The LA Rams do not really need more question marks on the defense. Well, I suppose it never really came up for a vote anyway, as star defensive back Darious Williams has been assigned to injured reserve and will be unavailable for the Rams for at least the next three weeks. It just so happens that the team is on the road to face the New York Giants, hosts the Detroit Lions, and then is on the road once more to play the Houston Texans.

While it will be far more difficult to face any team without Darious Williams than with him, if it had to happen, this is the best three-game span for the team to play without their star defensive back. The move allows the Rams to activate offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum from his injured reserve status.


Tremayne Anchrum will add additional depth to the LA Rams offensive line that has played spectacularly well so far in the first five games of the season.

Propping up the secondary

The move will likely force the Rams into giving a heavy portion of defensive snaps to both David Long Jr. and Robert Rochell. What that may be the end of it, I would be surprised if the Rams do not activate one of five defensive backs from the practice squad for the upcoming game against the New York Giants.

One such player who could be activated for game day is defensive back Kareem Orr. Orr was added to the team’s roster on September 1, 2021, and was both active and productive for the team throughout the preseason. Orr is an intriguing 5-foot-11 195-pound body who truly has shown up larger than expected for the team.

The team had already activated DB Tyler Hall the maximum number of times this year to contribute to special teams.

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Another possibility is recently added defensive back Antoine Brooks. While Brooks is a safety by trade, he is versatile enough to offer coverage in some defensive schemes, as well as a motivated heat-seeking missile on kickoff and punt coverage units.