On Tuesday, Los Angeles Rams’ head coach Sean McVay announced that the team would not hold a full practice on Wednesday. And according to Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond (via twitter), that’s exactly how the players and coaches prefer it:
I’m told Rams players and coaches liked last week’s schedule, with just a walk-thru on Wednesday, so that’s why they’re doing it again. Plus, that was a physical game Sunday, and probably another one coming at Seattle.
Hammond also went to note that McVay “curtail practices late in the season due to injuries,” but that the Rams hadn’t necessarily felt the need to do that to date.
Long story story, the Rams performed a walk-thru but got some much-needed rest afterwords. Without further ado, the Rams and Seahawks’ Wednesday injury reports for Week 15...
In regards to the specific nature of the Rams’ injuries, here’s what McVay had to say following Wednesday’s session:
“If we had practice today because of the way that we did it, (T Andrew) Whitworth would have not participated with his knee, (C John) Sullivan wouldn’t have participated with a rest day, (OLB) Connor Barwin back full with his forearm, (LB) Mark Barron would have been out with a rest day and then (T) Rob Havenstein and (WR) Robert Woods – Rob (Havenstein) with his knee and then Robert (Woods) with his shoulder would have been limited participants. The thought process for today just getting this late in the year, I think where our guys are at, their ability to focus and concentrate we felt like getting to be as fresh as possible for what we know if going to be another physical game on Sunday against a great opponent we felt like it was best to take an above the neck day, really lock in, kind of get ahead almost on our entire installation with the first, second and third down, focus on that. Then tomorrow we’ll be able to give them really today another day of rest, so that tomorrow we can really get back at it. So, we’ll get Thursday and Friday a good full-speed days and just talking with (Director/Sports Medicine and Performance) Reggie (Scott) and (Head of Strength and Conditioning) Ted (Rath) and what good resources they’ve been, we felt like that was going to be the best thing for our players, which is most important. They understand the importance of making sure that we were locked in with good focus and concentration just from that mental approach today, we feel like it was the right approach and we got some good work out of it.”
Some good news for the Rams is that Connor Barwin and Robert Woods will both be out there on Sunday. We’ll continue to monitor the status of the others as the week progresses.
But looking at the mid-week injury status of each team, it appears the Rams are the far healthier team. Stay tuned.