Four more LA Rams players off Reserve/COVID-19 list, 18 remain

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The Seattle Seahawks have six active players and two practice squad players on their Reserve/COVID-19 list as of the morning of December 20. Due to the recent protocol changes agreed to by the NFL/NFLPA on Thursday, December 16, 2021, there is hope that players will return to eligibility quickly.

A second modification to the testing protocols was determined later in the week and has refocused testing to a more appropriate subset of players. The new testing protocols are designed to focus tests away from asymptomatic players, and towards players who are exposed or in the vicinity of persons who test positive.  That change will make it highly unlikely for any other NFL teams to have the spike outbreak that has plagued the LA Rams in the past 10 days.

Rams roster roles remain

The LA Rams will have a gaping hole at right tackle, and will likely try to go with reserve OT Bobby Evans if nothing changes. The team does not have Joseph Noteboom as a sixth offensive lineman, so they may look to either Tremayne Anchrum Jr. or either Brian Allen/Coleman Shelton in that role.

Another soft roster spot will be at the team’s outside linebacker, with a rotation that will be held among Leonard Floyd, Justin Hollins, Jamir Jones, Terrell Lewis, and perhaps some playing time for rookie Chris Garrett. The Rams will also be very light at safety, where the team only has Taylor Rapp and Nick Scott to play the position right now.

Of course, this situation can change rapidly. And whether the LA Rams win or lose, the team will need to switch gears instantly to focus on the dangerous Minnesota Vikings (6-7), who the Rams will face on the road less than 120 hours later.

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