This starter injury in Week 15 may devastate LA Rams playoff hopes

Los Angeles Rams Ahkello Witherspoon
Los Angeles Rams Ahkello Witherspoon / Michael Owens/GettyImages

The LA Rams did what they had to do. While it was not the way fans would have liked the Rams to claim a victory over the Washington Commanders, the Rams did get the job done. And so, the Rams are now 7-7, and have an opportunity to end this season with more success over the final three games.

And that is where the LA Rams will find the path a bit tricky. While the Rams did win the game, there was a clear change in how well the entire team seemed to play before defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon suffered an injury, to after the way the team struggled after he was injured.

And that stark contrast opens the Rams up to plenty of questions for Week 16.

I don't think that I am stretching the facts by stating Ahkello Witherspoon in the leader of the Rams secondary right now. He has been Mr. Consistent in a secondary that has had to work through mental mistakes and erratic performances. But Witherspoon remains a Steady-Freddie, and when opposing quarterbacks dare to test his side of the football field, he often makes them pay:

He will not be an easy vacancy to fill.

LA Rams secondary in a state of WTH? for TNF

The challenge now is that the Rams lost Witherspoon in a game that has just a few days to recover and rechage. The Rams (7-7) must host the New Orleans Saints (7-7) on Thursday Night Football this week. And with an injury in Week 15, the Rams may not have enough time to get Witherspoon back into the lineup.

Should that happen, the Rams will be forced to start Cobie Durant and Derion Kendrick on the outside, Jordan Fuller and Quentin Lake at safety, and make use of John Johnson III, Russ Yeast, or even Shaun Jolly in sub packages.

The problem is that Washington Commanders backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett shredded the Rams secondary, without Witherspoon, for eight of ten passing, 124 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Hopefully, the Rams will find a way to get Witherspoon back onto the field. If not, then the Rams may need to line up some help for the Rams' secondary. At a time when the Rams cannot afford an injury to a key player, the unthinkable happened. Now, the Rams must find a way to press on. Stay tuned, as this is a situation that could result in further action from the Rams front office.

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