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LA Rams Place DE Robert Quinn, RB Benny Cunningham On IR; Promote OL David Arkin, DL Morgan Fox From PS

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The Rams are shutting down their top defensive end and backup running back for 2016.

Los Angeles Rams DE Robert Quinn
Los Angeles Rams DE Robert Quinn
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The Los Angeles Rams just released a statement confirming that DE Robert Quinn and RB Benny Cunningham have been placed on injured reserve and that DL Morgan Fox and OL David Arkin have been promoted from the practice squad to fill their spots.

DE Robert Quinn to IR

This one’s tough to deal with. Quinn’s headed to IR for the second season in a row after being shut down for back surgery nearly a year ago today. He’s been inactive the last two weeks after being listed with a concussion on the injury report.

It’s certainly been a worrisome season for Quinn. Various injuries and a scary medical issue a month ago have led him to just eight starts this season putting together just four sacks, the lowest season total of his career. The Rams signed him to a four-year extension in 2014 keeping him a Ram through the 2019 season.

RB Benny Cunningham to IR

Cunningham first was listed on the initial injury report ahead of Week 14’s game with the Atlanta Falcons with a neck injury. The Rams never went into great detail with the injury, though Interim Head Coach John Fassel did say yesterday he “had a little neck...muscle thing.” Given the unimportance of these last three games for the Rams and the susceptibility of neck injuries (much like Quinn and a concussion), you could understand why the Rams would shut Benny down out of an abundance of caution.

The Rams re-signed Cunningham to a one-year deal after some flirtation in free agency.

OL David Arkin

Arkin comes up from the practice squad after joining the Rams last year. He has yet to take a regular season snap with the team since being signed.

DL Morgan Fox

Fox is a rookie UDFA out of Colorado State-Pueblo who joined the Rams following the 2016 NFL Draft. Fox played all 12 of his snaps in the Rams’ Week 5 home loss to the Buffalo Bills.