LA Rams veteran OLB Leonard Floyd back from two ailments

Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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When the LA Rams signed up WR Odell Beckham Jr., they had no way to foresee that they would almost immediately lose veteran WR Robert Woods for the season to an ACL injury. So too when the team traded for veteran outside linebacker Von Miller, there was no way to expect that their Steady-Freddie veteran Leonard Floyd would be undergoing his own set of challenges.

But if you were concerned that the LA Rams quarterback sack leader would be out for Week 12, you can just tuck those worries back into the closet. He is good to go, at least as per the latest LA Rams injury report published after Friday’s practice. Not only did he face passing the rigid NFL concussion protocol, but he also had to overcome a non-COVID-19 illness as well. Thankfully, he was able to do so.

That’s good news for the Rams. It’s not great news for the Green Bay Packers, who are themselves dealing with a patchwork offensive line before their Week 13 BYE week.

Floyd leads the team with 7.5 quarterback sacks this year, but that is only part of the story of his defensive contribution. He is also among the team leaders with 43 tackles, already his third-best total for a full NFL season. He has also authored 24 pressures,12 quarterback hits, 11 hurries, three quarterback knockdowns, five tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

The LA Rams will certainly need the best of everyone to win this one and Leonard Floyd is among the best defenders on the team. Even as the Rams have struggled to find success recently, Floyd has continued to put up great performances. Now combined with veteran Von Miller, the Rams have the potential to combine pressure from multiple players in the form of Floyd, Miller, and All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald.

The LA Rams need this win. That’s why Leonard Floyd will be on the field. His team, and teammates, need him to be.

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