Will LA Rams reunite with key players in time for NFC Championship Game?

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Here comes the cavalry

The LA Rams are winning, are advancing in the NFL Playoffs, and are getting healthier. Huh? How can that be? Well, several of the players who were injured earlier in the season are beginning to return to the team. Um… sort of.

The NFL made an inspired change to the regulations that now allow players who are injured to be “Designated to Return from Injured Reserve” now. That designation indicates that the player is now medically cleared to compete in the NFL once more. It also begins the 21-day window where the team must get that player up to speed. Once that occurs, the team must transfer the player to their active 53-man roster, and make any roster adjustments to create space for the incoming player.

Looks like the LA Rams will need to clear 3 roster spaces? The Rams have designated Darrell Henderson Jr., Sebastian Joseph Day, and Robert Rochell to return.

Three key players, all designated to return. They have joined ILB Ernest Jones, who was designated to return previously.

Welcome back, when?

You can bet that the team is happy to welcome them back. But before you don your party hats and pop any champagne corks, the  LA Rams reported later in the day that nobody is rushing back to the roster. In fact, the Rams will end up being a bit short-handed in this one.

So what does it mean for the team? Well, it meant that the LA Rams would face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a bit shorthanded.  While that was certainly an unwelcome handicap against the Rams trying to get past the defending Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers, the aftermath may be brightening quite a bit for these LA Rams. How so?  Let’s talk about it…