Adding injury to insult, 2 more LA Rams players are out for the season
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams could only avoid injury to the offensive line for two weeks. The LA Rams carousel for offensive linemen is turning again, and like a wheel of chance, around and around she goes, where she stops, nobody knows. Well, we do know one thing. The Rams starting center Brian Allen strained his calf, and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Per this week’s injury report from LA Rams head coach Sean McVay, he will be joined by wide receiver Ben Skowronek. More players out for the remainder of the year? Well, if injuries are going to happen, may as well happen now and get them all out of the Rams system.
The Rams roster continues to suffer an unthinkable number of injuries, and that has to be a consideration as the team pivots toward planning for the 2023 season.
One repeat offender
This is Brian Allen’s third injury of the season. He injured his knee in the season opener and missed the next five games. He returned to play three more games, but injured his thumb and sat out two more games. He returned and competed for the Rams in the next three games before suffering another injury. All told, Allen competed in just seven of 17 games this season.
WR Ben Skowronek has been rather durable this season, appearing in all 14 games for the LA Rams so far this season.
To fill their void, the Rams will likely start Coleman Shelton as the center, and start Oday Aboushi at right guard. That was the configuration used to finish out the game against the Green Bay Packers.
The Rams’ top three wide receivers: Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, and now Ben Skowronek, are all gone now. To compensate, the Rams will turn to wide receivers Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell, and Brandon Powell for the remainder of the season. Of course, the Rams can mix in a bit of Austin Trammell and Laurence McCutcheon as well. The team could opt to activate their practice squad receiver, Jaquarii Roberson, for the final three games as well.
With this latest batch of injuries, the Rams will certainly get long looks at the depth of the offensive line and wide receiver.