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T.J. McDonald injury: Rams safety carted off with leg injury

The Rams lost their rookie safety in the third quarter on Thursday.

David Welker

St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald suffered a leg injury in the third quarter on Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers. He will not return to the game, according to the team.

McDonald went in for a hit, lost his helmet and stayed down on the field. It looked like he took a shot to the head, but he came up holding his right knee. Trainers came out on the field and put his leg in an inflatable brace, and then he left on a cart.

Officially, the team called it a leg injury. All that's known at this time is that he isn't coming back to the game. It's a big loss for the Rams, who are already thin at safety.

You can see his leg flop at the end of the play here, on contact with one his teammates.


Cortland Finnegan left the game in the first half with a thigh injury. It looked like he hurt it getting burned by Anquan Boldin again and again.

Update: It's a broken leg, according to reports.