The LA Rams injury report throughout the week leading up to the Week 13 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars left plenty of questions to be answered in terms of the availability of offensive players. The Rams faced playing without wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, running back Darrell Henderson, offensive tackle Rob Havenstein, or WR Ben Skowronek.
Rounding out the injury report for this week was running back Buddy Howell (out) and CB David Long Jr. (questionable). It appears that only Long and Howell won’t suit up for today’s game.
Of course, there is still the question of how much will the Rams play Henderson today?
It comes as no surprise that the team has kept Darrell Henderson active. The team had already sent backup running back Buddy Howell to Injured reserve, a move that leaves the team with just two rushers on the active roster.
Rams nearly running on empty
Howell marks the fifth running back to be injured this year for the Rams. So far, the team has lost Cam Akers, Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais, Jake Funk, and now Buddy Howell to injury. Of course, that excludes the on/off status of running back Darrell Henderson, and his stream of minor injuries all season.
Looks like Hendy is a go today.
The LA Rams attempted to stabilize the offensive ground game by trading for Sony Michel as the new season got underway. So far, he has started just once and has seen a rather limited role for the team, despite the fact that he is a hard runner and the team’s offense would certainly have benefited from a more balanced rushing attack.
The team may opt to use Michel as the feature back in this one. Not only will that give Henderson time to rest and heal up, but will allow the coaches to observe and analyze whether Michel could be a more significant contributor down the stretch for the Rams in their run to the playoffs.
The offense will benefit even further by the return of Ben Skowronek, who will give the Rams a chance to run an empty backfield if the situation warrants doing so today.
The Rams are limping into Week 13, but they are still moving.