The Los Angeles Rams (4-0) look to get a boost on Sunday, as starting inside linebacker Mark Barron is set to make his 2018 NFL season debut against the Seattle Seahawks (2-2). Barron has missed the first four weeks of the season as he’s been dealing with a lingering achilles injury.
A source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday morning - approximately 12 hours before kickoff - that Barron “looks” ready to make the start:
Ram LB Mark Barron, who has dealt with an ankle injury, practiced well this week and should start today, source said. Barring a setback, he’s ready to make his season debut.
This is obviously great news for the Rams and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips though, in an effort to not cause a setback, they may opt to ease him to the lineup by limiting his snaps.
It’s hard to say if Barron is 100%, but the training staff have obviously given him the green light. In his post-practice interview on Friday, Barron himself didn’t even sound positive about his status, describing himself as day-to-day and stating he’d test it pre-game to get a better feel.
When asked if he felt good, he said “I feel functional. I feel like I could go out and perform if I needed to.” Click the previous link, head to the 1:40 mark, and tell me if Mark Barron sounds like he’s actually confident.