Earlier in the week, Rams’ HC Sean McVay announced that starters RT Rob Havenstein (meniscus), WR Brandin Cooks (concussion), and DB Darious Williams (ankle) would be out. Names of other key contributors have also popped up throughout the week, including Friday. Here’s a look at the Rams’ final injury report leading up to their prime time Sunday night matchup:
The newest additions are OL Austin Blythe and WR Cooper Kupp — both of whom are dealing with illness — and RB Todd Gurley (not injury related). Gurley’s getting some rest prior to the game, as he did last Friday. As for Blythe and Kupp, McVay says they’re dealing with a bit of a stomach bug:
With Austin and Cooper, they just both got the little stomach bug – it is contagious – so kept those guys at home, but we are hopeful that it will just be a 24-hour thing and get them up to speed tomorrow.
As for the Rams’ trio of TE’s — Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, and Johnny Mundt — they are all listed as questionable, and are expected to suit up this Sunday.
As for the Bears, here is their Friday report followed by some insight from the team at Windy City Gridiron:
The injuries are starting to pile up for the Chicago Bears, who are already without defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and offensive lineman Kyle Long, both of whom are on injured reserve, and inside linebacker Danny Trevathan could join them there after that troubling elbow injury last Sunday. For now at least, Trevathan is on the active roster, but this week he’s officially listed as out for the Los Angeles Rams Game.
He’s one of four Bears already ruled out, so I would expect a roster move or two to happen on Saturday. Joining Trevathan on the sidelines this week is outside linebacker Isaiah Irving (quad), and tight ends Trey Burton (calf) and Adam Shaheen (foot).
Irving has missed the last couple games as well, and to take his place the Bears have been signing James Vaughters off their practice squad.
With two tight ends already ruled out that bodes well for frequent cut candidate, Bradley Sowell, to stick around for the Sunday nighter, but the Bears do have two undrafted free agent tight ends, in Jesper Horsted and Dax Raymond, on their practice squad that they could move up.
The Bears had two players practice in a limited fashion today, but only running back David Montgomery received an injury designation (questionable). Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols will play on Sunday.
Montgomery rolled his ankle at Wednesday’s practice and head coach Matt Nagy said, “It was good to get him back out there,” but that, “he’s gonna end up being a game-time decision for us.”
If Montgomery can’t go we could see Tarik Cohen, Ryan Nall, and Cordarrelle Patterson with more carries that usual, but the Bears could also bring Kerrith Whyte Jr. up from the practice squad.