LA Rams roster shuffle continues deep into 2021 NFL season

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The LA Rams roster continues to hit the reset button, now as the team heads into a crucial Week 16 matchup. This has been a short week for the Rams, a team coming off a Tuesday evening contest against the Seattle Seahawks. Now, the team must compete on the road against the Minnesota Vikings in the first game of the NFL Sunday package.

Just four days after competing on Tuesday Night Football.

Of course, the Rams Week 15 contest was postponed so that the team could reclaim some of the 29 players transferred into COVID-19 protocols due to positive testing. So while the Rams were able to compete and win Week 15, that has created more problems for the team in Week 16.

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But another complication from so many transactions moving players off the active roster is finding slots to return them to the same 53-man active roster. And so it was that on Christmas Day, the LA Rams announced more player moves:

The moves, though expected, may not be the end of it. The LA Rams practice squad is currently at 13+1, meaning that the team could have an option of signing either OLB Jamir Jones or RB Mekhi Sargent to the squad if they clear NFL Waivers. The team also has five more players to deal with on the Reserve/COVID-19 roster. Two players: Andrew Whitworth and Joseph Noteboom, will return to the team’s active roster. Three players: RB Javian Hawkins, WR Warren Jackson, and OLB Justin Lawler, will return to the team’s practice squad.

Who will be waived to clear room for these future players to return? That’s a good question and may need the outcome of Week 16 to help decide.

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