Pat McAfee nails it: LA Rams Jalen Ramsey will be healthier in 2022
By Bret Stuter
The news that LA Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey played with two injured shoulders throughout the 2021 NFL season is news enough. The fact that he did so, and still earned All-Pro honors for his 2021 NFL season’s performance should be awfully worrisome to NFL offensive coordinators, quarterbacks, and receivers. In short, the LA Rams secondary will be doubly dangerous in 2022.
Jalen Ramsey had shoulder surgery this offseason to clean up his injured joint and is expected to be back in top form for the start of the 2022 NFL season. That is good news for the LA Rams.
Bad news for the rest of the NFL.
One of the more pleasant sports podcasts/talk shows is hosted by Pat McAfee and appears on Sirius Radio (as well as other venues). Recently, he touched on the topic of Jalen Ramsey’s 2021 shoulder injuries.
The takeaway from McAfee is that Jalen Ramsey will be fully healthy for the 2022 NFL season, and that is a huge matter for a guy who plays a very physical game of football. Whether you witnessed visual evidence of his injuries in 2021 or not, the fact that surgery was necessary to promote healing the joint in time for the 2022 NFL season speaks volumes. Was he taking pain killer shots before each game just to be able to play? Was surgery required for just one shoulder, or both shoulders?
So far, we have learned that Leonard Floyd, Matthew Stafford, and Jalen Ramsey have had medical procedures performed on their bodies after the 2021 NFL season to help them prepare to play in 2022.
Are there other LA Rams players who needed medical intervention to heal in time to play the 2022 NFL season? Is this the new norm with a 17-game regular-season schedule?