Forged through adversity
Perhaps I will not do it justice by revisiting past and present injuries, so bear with me. The point I want to cover is that the LA Rams may have won Super Bowl LVI, but that there is far more capacity in the LA Rams’ roster than what they showed through the 2021 season.
Health plays a far larger role in the outcome of any given NFL season than we give enough credit to. While the LA Rams are not immune to injuries, the front office is one of the best at proactively filling roster needs created throughout the season by injuries.
Let’s illustrate just how decimating the injuries were to the team in 2022, and even carrying over into 2022. Few talked about it. TV broadcasters seldom mentioned it. The LA Rams were decimated by injuries in 2021. Top-heavy Rams roster? That only explains so much about the team. In the end, the Rams players managed to play through injuries, or the team found ways to identify other players to step up.
LA Rams’ trauma-21
Here are the injured players from 2021/22:
- Player Position Injury
- Jalen Ramsey DB Both shoulders
- Tyler Higbee TE Knee
- Leonard Floyd OLB Ankle
- Cam Akers RB Achilles Tendon
- Matthew Stafford QB Elbow
- Tutu Atwell WR Shoulder
- Darrell Henderson RB Soft Tissue
- Kyren Williams RB Foot
- Jacob Harris TE/WR Knee
- Robert Woods WR Knee
- Kendall Blanton TE Shoulder
- Brian Allen C Elbow/Knee
- Xavier Jones RB Achilles Tendon
- Raymond Calais RB Foot
- Jordan Fuller DB Ankle
- Robert Rochell DB Rib injury
- Justin Hollins OLB Pectoral muscle
- Terrell Lewis OLB Back/knee
- Odell Becham Jr. WR Knee
- Johnny Mundt TE Knee
- Taylor Rapp DB Concussion
And still, the LA Rams won Super Bowl LVI.
The injuries at outside linebacker compelled the Rams front office to trade for veteran OLB Von Miller. The Rams roster was dangerously thin at running back, so the Rams front office traded for veteran RB Sony Michel. The Rams roster was already getting thin at wide receiver when the team signed free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr., and then additional injuries struck, forcing OBJ into service before he knew the Rams offense.