4 OL who won’t be back for the LA Rams in 2023
By Bret Stuter
The Rams’ offensive line durability is not exactly a coincidence
That same bit of concerning decision-making process occurred once more when the LA Rams named their starting offensive linemen for 2022 that included both Joe Noteboom and Brian Allen, two offensive linemen who have shown only 50 percent durability over the course of their NFL careers.
That risk was amplified by the decision to carry a minimum of eight offensive linemen on the Rams’ active 53-man roster. Brian Allen was injured in Week 1 and has only played in four of the Rams’ 10 games so far this season.
Joe Noteboom was injured in Week 6 and will be out for the rest of the season. The disappointing aspect about all of this is that durability was something that could have been anticipated. Sure, there is no way to pinpoint when injuries will occur, how severe those injuries will be, or how many games will be lost to that player as a result.
The Rams roster should factor in durability
But the Rams’ ability to incorporate past injuries into their roster configuration leaves plenty to be desired. To illustrate what I mean, just look at the decisions made by the team over the running back position. The Rams made no offer to retain veteran running back Sony Michel, despite the simple fact that Michel was both the healthiest and most productive rusher on the Rams roster a year ago. That has continued a trend over the past five seasons of parting ways with the team’s best rusher.
Why is there confusion over the Rams’ inability to run the football in 2022? Why is anyone confused about the Rams’ offensive line injury frequency?
Over the course of the season, the LA Rams have added
five additional offensive linemen, bursting the roster with 18 offensive linemen. That is far too many to return for the 2023 NFL season, and much much too many to have on a roster if the plan includes drafting rookies to bolster the ranks and durability. So who appears to be unlikely to return in 2023? Here are four offensive linemen who are unlikely to be back: