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Who will replace Trumaine Johnson?

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The Rams will be without third-year starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson for four to six weeks to start the season, another casualty from Saturday's game. Who will replace him in the starting lineup and how does that impact the depth chart?

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The St. Louis Rams lost starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson, to a sprained MCL on Saturday night. The injury will sideline Johnson for three to four games. The Rams secondary was the biggest question mark for the Rams defense and losing arguably their best corner for a few games could be an issue.

Since the Rams aren't losing Johnson for the season they don't have to look outside of their own roster to fill the cleats Johnson leaves behind. The Rams have some interesting corners that could fill the void. Granted, these players are largely unproven, but the best way to grow is by stepping into the fire, right?

Brandon McGee - McGee will more than likely get the first crack at starting job. This is his second year as a pro. He was regulated to special teams for a majority of last season, but he did start one game and you can check how he played here. McGee didn't look great against the Green Bay Packers and he missed some time during the preseason.

E.J. Gaines - Gaines has quickly become a fan favorite. In his first game as a starter, he played very well - it was a preseason game, but he played well. Gaines is pretty talented for a rookie, and he might be the best option for the Rams right now.

There are more corners on the roster that the Rams could use if need be, but McGee and Gaines are the most likely to start on the outside.The Rams could also rotate their corners around to help their defense if one of the players aren't as good as they are hoped to be.

The competition to replace Johnson could go either way right now and we probably won't know who will start until the final preseason game is over this Thursday.