With the final injury report already clarifying things, here are the seven inactive Rams today:
- QB Brandon Allen
- OLB Connor Barwin
- RB Justin Davis
- OT Cornelius Lucas
- OLB Carlos Thompson
- RB Lance Dunbar
- WR Robert Woods
As expected, WR Robert Woods and Connor Barwin will both be inactive for the game. Both may make a return to the field next week. Lance Dunbar as well as Justin Davis are sent to the inactives list with Malcolm Brown officially active. Lastly, Alec Ogletree is also active and will start for the Rams, which is huge news for a Rams team facing off one of the best rushing attacks in the league.
Meanwhile, here are the Eagles’ inactives:
- OT Will Beatty
- WR Marcus Johnson
- TE Zach Ertz
- DT Elijah Qualls
- RB Wendell Smallwood
- QB Nate Sudfeld
- LB Joe Walker
Starting tight end Zach Ertz is officially OUT. Ertz suffered a concussion last week against the Seahawks. He was limited in practice and ruled questionable leading up to this week’s game. Early on Sunday morning, multiple NFL insiders said Ertz was “doubtful” to play.
With Ertz out, the Eagles will rely upon Trey Burton and Brent Celek to step up at tight end. Being without Ertz certainly isn’t ideal for Philadelphia. Then again, the Birds scored 51 points without him against the Broncos earlier this season.
In other noteworthy news, linebacker Joe Walker is OUT for the second game in a row. Walker injured his neck against the Bears in Week 12. He was a full participant in practice all week before being ruled questionable on the final injury report. Najee Goode will likely get most of his playing time. Veteran defender Dannell Ellerbe is also active for the second week in a row.
For the third week in a row, Shelton Gibson is active over Marcus Johnson at wide receiver.
Steven Means is active for just the fourth time this season.
Wendell Smallwood is a healthy scratch for the fourth game in a row.
The Rams defense gets a bit of a bump with star TE Zach Ertz out. With week 14 looming, this game will likely have big playoff implications down the road.