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Rams’ Initial Week 4 Injury Report Confirms Tavon Austin Shoulder Injury

Injured Rams returning - yay! New Rams injured - boo!

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin

After the Los Angeles Rams’ second practice of the week heading toward Week 4’s road clash against the Arizona Cardinals, here’s our initial injury report:

Los Angeles Rams

Name POS Injury Wed. Status
Pharoh Cooper WR Shoulder Full
E.J. Gaines CB Thigh Full
Nelson Spruce WR Knee Full
Tavon Austin WR Shoulder Limited
Dominique Easley DT Illness DNP
William Hayes DE Ankle DNP
Lamarcus Joyner CB Toe DNP

So yes, we can start with the trio that looks set to make their 2016 debut, and for two of them, their NFL debut: CB E.J. Gaines, WR Pharoh Cooper and WR Nelson Spruce.

Gaines hasn’t played a regular season snap since just before Christmas 2014. That was a long time ago, Charlie. Meanwhile, Cooper and Spruce look potentially set to make their NFL debuts.

There’s the good.

Now the bad.

The Tavon Austin injury scare is real. Don’t mistake the threat. It’s not that Austin is going to be unavailable for Sunday. That he was able to get through Week 3 and was a limited participant yesterday/today (the injury report isn’t necessarily clear as to which practice it refers to), he’s likely to play in Arizona. The scare is that either it affects his performance or the reality that he’s more susceptible to injury now.

You know damn well if you’re Arizona CB Patrick Peterson or S Tyrann Mathieu, you’re looking to (a) test Austin’s shoulder and then (b) put some muscle on it.

Then you’ve got three players who didn’t get involved. No doubt, there’s legitimate concern now for DE William Hayes, who had to exit in Tampa, and Lamarcus Joyner who has tested the limits of a broken toe, limits that may find their ceiling sooner rather than later.

And for Arizona? The sheer size of their report is notable on its own:

Arizona Cardinals

Name POS Injury Wed. Status
Drew Butler P Left Calf DNP
Frostee Rucker DT Knee DNP
Justin Bethel CB Foot Limited
Tyvon Branch S Groin Limited
Michael Floyd WR Concussion Limited
Markus Golden LB Shoulder Limited
Kareem Martin LB Knee Limited
Tyrann Mathieu S Knee Limited
Evan Mathis G Toe Limited
Darren Fells TE Back Full
Larry Fitzgerald WR Knee Full
Robert Nkemdiche DT Ankle Full


This week’s initial report sets up the most crucial injury report tracking of the 2016 season.

Stay tuned.