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Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints: Final injury report means major roster decisions coming on Sunday

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The Rams finally have some roster decisions to make based on some injuries they’re dealing with.

Los Angeles Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
Los Angeles Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
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The Los Angeles Rams are facing the 8-2 New Orleans Saints in Week 12 in another top billing matchup for the NFC West leaders.

And while it’s certainly going to attract a ton of attention as a top broadcast option after getting “cross-flexed” from FOX to CBS, the Rams are dealing with a host of injuries per the final injury report:

2017 LA Rams Week 12 Injury Report

Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Derek Carrier TE Hamstring Full Full Full
Troy Hill CB Hamstring Full Full Full
Connor Barwin OLB Not Injury Related DNP Full Full
Andrew Whitworth T Not Injury Related DNP Full Full
John Sullivan C Not Injury Related DNP Limited Full
Kayvon Webster CB Concussion DNP Limited Full
Mark Barron LB Hand DNP DNP Full
Aaron Donald DT Illness - DNP Limited
Bryce Hager LB Calf Limited DNP Full Questionable
Lance Dunbar RB Knee DNP DNP Limited Questionable
Nickell Robey-Coleman CB Thigh DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Robert Woods WR Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Out
Malcolm Brown RB Knee DNP DNP DNP Out

There’s a lot to break down there.

We’ve got the three elders in OT Andrew Whitworth, OLB Connor Barwin and C John Sullivan getting their weekly rest. There’s also CB Troy Hill and TE Derek Carrier a full go after missing out as inactives in Week 11 while being listed Questionable on the injury report. There’s also CB Kayvon Webster and LB Mark Barron both a go while dealing with various issues as DL Aaron Donald dealt with a mid-week bug.

Now for the not so innocuous.

Let’s start with LB Bryce Hager. This one carries some interest if only because the only listed reserves at ILB behind Barron and Alec Ogletree are Hager and LB Cory Littleton.

Then there’s the RB combo of Lance Dunbar and Malcolm Brown. That double-up likely means rookie UDFA RB Justin Davis will get the backup nod behind RB Todd Gurley per Rams HC Sean McVay.

Then there’s CB Nickell Robey-Coleman. NRC is still out with a thigh injury which led the Rams to promote CB Kevin Peterson from the practice squad mid-week while demoting TE Johnny Mundt.

We of course knew WR Robert Woods will be out for a while with his shoulder injury. Thankfully, none of the other wideouts are dealing with any qualifiable ailments.

Whew. So...yeah. Suffice to say, the Rams now have some serious injury concerns to deal with going into Sunday. We’ll see what the call is re: Dunbar and Hager, but with NRC likely out along with Woods there’s plenty to deal with.

Here’s what the Saints are working with:

2017 New Orleans Saints Week 12 Injury Report

Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status Fri. Status Game Status
Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status Fri. Status Game Status
A.J. Klein LB Ankle Limited Limited Limited
Kenny Vaccaro S Groin Limited Limited Limited
Terron Armstead T Rest Limited Limited Limited
Marshon Lattimore CB Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Ken Crawley CB Abdomen DNP DNP DNP Out

The obvious big news here is that the Saints will be without potential 2017 NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate CB Marshon Lattimore.

Here’s what our pals over at Canal Street Chronicles had to say about their side of the report:

Getting Klein and Vaccaro back in the lineup will be a big boost for the Saints defense, especially when they look to contain Todd Gurley. The concern is obviously with Jared Goff against a likely duo of P.J. Williams and Sterling Moore. Moore was signed this week, as well as Dexter McDougle.

Inactives should be out roughly an hour prior to kickoff on Sunday.