The Los Angeles Rams have been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL this season. Sure, they have had players miss games, but they have largely avoided catastrophic injury in 2016.
While that trend will continue today, they will be without two of their highest profile players. DE Robert Quinn (concussion) and WR Tavon Austin (Chest) both are unlikely to play per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Rams' DE Robert Quinn, listed as questionable for today vs. Patriots due to concussion, is not expected to play, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 4, 2016
Rams WR Tavon Austin (chest) is out today vs Patriots, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 4, 2016
Both players have been struggling to meet expectations this season. Quinn is coming off of an injury marred 2015 and only has 4 sacks in what was supposed to be a resurgent year for him.
Tavon has similarly been a disappointment. After signing a monster extension and being hyped (more than usual) this offseason, he has been MIA most of the season. He’s only had a couple of explosive plays and isn’t anywhere near the 100+ touches that Jeff Fisher hinted at prior to the season.
Expect Eugene Sims and Matt Longacre to gobble up Quinn’s snaps while Rookie Pharoh Cooper could see some more playing time in Tavon’s absencee
Overall, losing two of your best players never bodes well for gameday - especially when the odds were already so thin.