Did LA Rams NT Sebastian Joseph Day hint at rejoining team?

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What would we have done without social media? Well, for starters, we would not work ourselves up into a frenzy upon a cryptic message being delivered by one of the LA Rams players. The king of cryptics is none other than LA Rams All-Pro defensive back Jalen Ramsey at 10:57 pm PT on January 11, 2021, he shared this from his Twitter account.

After that message was received, the social media accounts of sports media who are connected with the LA Rams sprang to life. Ramsey has been linked to pre-announcing when the team has made a roster move. In this case, it was the organization’s effort to reclaim formerly retired defensive back Eric Weddle that was foreshadowed. Weddle was brought in to help deepen the safety position that lost both starters in the same game in the Week 18 contest against the San Francisco 49ers. Weddle returned and even suited up for the Rams against the Cardinals.

Bash coming back?

Now social media is abuzz once more. This time it is not a cryptic message from Ramsey, but rather from his teammate, nose tackle Sebastian Joseph Day, who has not seen action for the LA Rams since Week 7.  He had just one icon, a timer, as his message, on the afternoon of January 19, 2022.

Of course, a message like that incites interpretation, particularly as the fans have awaited his return for months, three to be exact.  As the 2021 NFL season was winding down, a press conference with head coach Sean McVay touched base on the likelihood of Sebastian Joseph Day returning at the 1:15 mark:

You can check out what he says in the video above. Or simply follow along in the transcription below

McVay mentions SJD could return

The same type of language used by Coach McVay here that was used whenever questioned about RB Cam Akers return.

"“I wouldn’t rule it out. That is something that I know he is done a great job. I have not really specifically talked about the exact timetable. There’s been a lot of moving parts – more so than ever before. Certainly wouldn’t be ready to rule that out of the equation, but un… I’ll probably be able to have a better answer for you after this week.” – per HC Sean McVay"

The LA Rams would love to get a talented starting defensive lineman back in time to play in the Divisional Round in the NFL Playoffs. SJD was heating up this year before falling to injury. In the seven games that he played, he was on a pace to have a career-high season, and he had already set a career-high mark with three quarterback sacks.

Not only would he be a solid boost to the defensive line rotation and production, but would also be a huge emotional pickup as the defense will be further reinforced after a huge stand against the Arizona Cardinals.

UPDATE:

It’s happening. On Friday, January 21, 2022, the LA Rams listed Sebastian Joseph Day with the designation to Return from IR:

Getting Sebastian Joseph Day back is huge. Will he be able to suit up and play for the Rams in the Divisional Round? We’ll find out in the next 48 hours…

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