LA Rams roster in shambles after adding 9 more to Reserve/COVID-19 list

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You have to wonder if there is an end in sight now. If there even is one, right? Late in the day on December 16, 2021, we learned of another development with the Rams roster. It seems that now the LA Rams Reserve/COVID-19 list has grown to an overwhelming 25 players. That is more than either the Cleveland Browns or the Washington Football Teams, both of whom are at 21 players on their Reserve/COVID-19 list.

The news came rather late today, as the team added nine more players to their already overwhelming list of players. Right now, the team is at the breaking point. Since the players who have been impacted are not evenly distributed over the entire roster, some positions have been obliterated with the latest additions.

So who are they? So far they are:

DB Donte Deayon
DB Jalen Ramsey
DB Terrell Burgess
DB Jordan Fuller
DB Juju Hughes
DB Antoine Brooks (added December 16, 2021)
DB Jake Gervase (added December 16, 2021)
DB Kareem Orr (added December 16, 2021)
ILB Troy Reeder (added December 16, 2021)
ILB Christian Rozeboom (added December 16, 2021)
NT Sebastian Joseph Day * (also on injured reserve)
OL Rob Havenstein
OL A.J. Jackson
OL Tremayne Anchrum Jr. (added December 16, 2021)
OL Bobby Evans (added December 16, 2021)
RB Darrell Henderson
TE Brycen Hopkins
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
OLB Von Miller (added December 16, 2021)
OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (added Dember 16, 2021)
OLB Justin Hollins (added December 15, 2021)
TE Johnny Mundt * (also on injured reserve, added December 15, 2021)
TE Jared Pinkney (added December 15, 2021)
Practice squad DB Tyler Hall
Practice squad DL Jonah Williams

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You can see by the impact that the LA Rams secondary has been decimated so far. with nearly a third of all positive COVID tests coming from defensive backs.  When you break it down in terms of which units are most affected, you have:
13 active defensive players
8 active offensive players
2 practice squad players
2 players from the Injured Reserve

That’s an almost impossible number of roster losses to compensate for.  For example, the LA Rams currently have only CB David Long Jr., CB Darious Williams, S Taylor Rapp, and S Nick Scott as healthy players for the secondary. That’s it. From the practice squad, the team has CB Greg Stroman and DB Grant Haley, both of whom will likely be promoted in an emergency like this. For what it’s worth, the LA Rams just added Greg Stroman to the team’s practice squad today.

We are now at a point where the NFL itself should intervene. The LA Rams have followed all league regulations and protocols to a tee, and yet the team has 25 players unable to suit up and play right now. This continues to be a rapidly developing story right now, so stay tuned.

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