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Rams At 49ers: Three Rams Ruled Out

Three Rams, including two rookies, will not be available to open the 2016 season Monday.

Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper
Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper
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The Los Angeles Rams will open their 2016 regular season against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. They’ll be without three players, including two rookies:

Los Angeles Rams

Name POS Injury Thu. Status Fri. Status Sat. Status Game Status
Bryce Hager LB Concussion Limited Full Full Questionable
Rob Havenstein OT Foot Limited Full Full Questionable
Nelson Spruce WR Knee DNP DNP Limited Out
Pharoh Cooper WR Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Out
E.J. Gaines CB Thigh DNP DNP DNP Out

Well, if there was a fear based on the initial injury report, this was it. Spruce, Cooper and Gaines are all going to sit out on Monday. So while Spruce was upgraded, perhaps offering optimism that he’ll be able to go in Week 2 after suffering an injury in the Rams’ first preseason game, he’ll wait to take his first meaningful NFL snap. Cooper is also going to have to wait. The question for Pharoh is one of when he’ll be able to return at least to practice. That he was unable to do so this week is unawesome. And Gaines...well, he had that minor comeback in the preseason from an intial injury. Let’s hope for a quick second successive one as part of his overall major comeback after missing all of 2015.

Here’s the 49ers’ side of the report:

San Francisco 49ers

Name POS Injury Thu. Status Fri. Status Sat. Status Game Status
Anthony Davis OT Not Injury Related - - DNP Questionable
Arik Armstead DL Shoulder Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Nick Bellore LB Knee Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Quinton Dial DT Knee Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Glenn Dorsey DL Knee DNP Limited Limited Questionable
Keith Reaser CB Ankle DNP Limited Limited Questionable
Chris Davis CB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Doubtful

The key question here is one that we’re going to have to track league-wide this year: the use of the “questionable” designation with the elimination of the “probable” designation in 2016.

Note that for the Rams, Hager and Havenstein were full participants in the final two practices. Meanwhile for the 49ers listed as such, five were limited in practice and one, Anthony Davis, is considering retiring entirely.

As it stands, the Rams will have to roll out the 2016 carpet without Cooper, Spruce and Gaines.