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Rams’ Initial Injury Report Vs. Falcons Shows Unfair Injuries Partial Reason For Temporary Struggles

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The Rams have several players with injury. That could be the reason why the Rams aren’t undefeated in 2016.

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin, One Of NFL’s Best WRs
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We at Turf Show Times don’t like to make excuses, but the 2016 Los Angeles Rams have had to deal with more than 0 injuries this season.

In what can only be described as a wildly unfair stroke of bad luck, the Rams have had players at multiple positions miss time in 2016. While it’s true that the Rams are among the healthiest teams whose players have missed the least time out of any team in the NFL, that can likely be attributed to their incredible fitness regimen, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher’s watchful eye and their superior DNA.

Now heading into Week 14 set to host the Atlanta Falcons, the Rams are yet again forced to deal with unfair injuries despite their incredible physical preparedness:

Los Angeles Rams

Name POS Injury Wed. Status
Tavon Austin WR Chest Full
Rodger Saffold OL Hand Full
Robert Quinn DE Concussion Limited
Benny Cunningham RB Neck DNP
E.J. Gaines CB Thigh DNP
Jared Goff QB Illness DNP

WR Tavon Austin, OL Rodger Saffold and DE Robert Quinn were both unavailable last week. Best to keep Austin sidelined until he’s ready to resume his breakout season. Saffold was rumored to have undergone hand surgery. And Quinn was unable to pass the concussion protocol that, per Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher, “was not a Sunday issue, it became a Monday issue.” Not sure if that means Quinn played through a concussion in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints that triggered the protocol on Monday or if he didn’t have a concussion on Sunday but showed up on Monday with one. Given his somewhat mysterious and entirely concerning medical incident in November, this isn’t the most reassuring! But I’d give Quinn somewhere between 98 and 100% to make the cut this week.

As for the physically decrepit and comparably insufficiently fit Atlanta Falcons, here’s their much more worrisome initial injury report:

New England Patriots

Name POS Injury Wed. Status
Tom Compton T Knee Limited
Adrian Clayborn DE Knee DNP
Dwight Freeney DE Not Injury Related DNP
Julio Jones WR Toe DNP
Jake Matthews T Knee DNP
Mohamed Sanu WR Groin DNP

No word yet on if the Falcons prefer to simply forfeit the game due to the unfair injuries the Rams are dealing with and their own overwhelmingly physical deficiencies.