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St. Louis Rams at Washington: DE Eugene Sims, RB Chase Reynolds Out, RB Tre Mason Likely To Return

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The good news: It could have been much worse.

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Per the AP, Rams DE Eugene Sims and RB/ST Chase Reynolds have knee injuries that "could sideline them for a few weeks. After initially fearing that both players had season ending injuries, this is welcome news for Jeff Fisher and Co.

As 3k mentioned in this fanshot, losing Reynolds with Darren Bates already out puts the Rams without 2 of their core special teams players. After giving up a return TD to Tyler Lockett, John Fassel and the special teams staff is going to have to find inventive ways to keep this unit among the NFL's elite.

Losing Sims for an extended period of time is a tough blow. He is instrumental in the Rams DL rotation; providing both versatility and the ability to give other players a breather without a dropoff in play. One player won't be able to provide what Sims did for the unit. Nick Fairley was largely a non-factor in week 1 and will have to step up his play on the inside while William Hayes will likely see more snaps on the outside in Sims' absence. Ethan Westbrooks may also get more looks as a rotational piece.

Unfortunately, there was no concrete news on Trumaine Johnson, just that he was feeling better. Hopefully we will know more when the injury report is released tomorrow.

The silver lining in all of this is that Tre Mason is looking like a go this week. According to Fisher, Mason has a 'very good chance' to play when the Rams travel to DC.