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LA Rams At New England Patriots: Initial Injury Report Offers Serious Concerns

Five Rams are on the Wednesday injury report.

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin
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The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the East Coast to play the New England Patriots in Week 13. As we head through the week, we’ve got five names to track on the initial injury report after the team’s first two practices:

Los Angeles Rams

Name POS Injury Wed. Status
Tavon Austin WR Chest DNP
Tim Barnes C Foot DNP
Andrew Donnal T Hip DNP
Robert Quinn DE Concussion DNP
Rodger Saffold G Hand DNP

Couple legit concerns in there. You’ve got legit injury worries to WR Tavon Austin and C Tim Barnes, two key starters on the offense. With LT Greg Robinson expected to come back to the starting O-line, OT Andrew Donnal’s injury status isn’t as worrisome.

DE Robert Quinn’s concussion protocol holdout certainly is though.

And though I’ve seen rumors of hand surgery for OT Rodger Saffold, there’s been nothing confirmed.

Tomorrow’s Hypothetical Thursday Injury Report will be, as always, an exercise in stupidity that will no doubt be a waste of all of our time. I look forward to sharing it with you.

Here’s the Pats’ side:

New England Patriots

Name POS Injury Wed. Status
Chris Hogan WR Back Limited
Matthew Slater WR/SpT Foot Limited
Martellus Bennett TE Ankle/Shoulder DNP
Tom Brady QB Knee DNP
Nate Ebner DB Concussion DNP
Julian Edelman WR Foot DNP
Rob Gronkowski TE Back DNP
Jordan Richards DB Knee DNP

There’s a ton there led by the practice absences of QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski. Here’s what Pats Pulpit is saying:

As they did the last two weeks, the Patriots moved Tom Brady’s media availability from Wednesday to Friday – an early indicator that he might miss practice time. Indeed he did, at least today, as the team kept him out because of his knee injury. On Monday, the future Hall of Famer told WEEI that he already felt better than last week so his absence likely has more to do with additional rest than any re-aggravation of the injury.

Rob Gronkowski’s absence is also not that big of a surprise. After all, the NFL’s best tight end left Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with a back injury. Having already dealt with a chest issue entering the contest, the team plays it smart to keep him out of harm’s way – even if it is only practice. While he could return in the upcoming days and play on Sunday, don’t be surprised if Gronkowski sits out the game against the Rams.

Come back tomorrow for some stupidity on our side of the report.