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Los Angeles Rams’ initial injury report for Week 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers

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The first injury report out of the bye offers some concerns.

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks runs with the ball after a reception against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship, Jan. 20, 2019.
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks runs with the ball after a reception against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship, Jan. 20, 2019.
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The Los Angeles Rams come out of the bye to hit the road and take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10.

The initial injury report offers some concerns about which players might not be available:

2019 Los Angeles Rams Week 10 injury report

Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status
Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status
Malcolm Brown RB Ankle Limited Full
Clay Matthews LB Jaw Limited Full
Andrew Whitworth T Not Injury Related Limited Full
Tanzel Smart DT Illness DNP Full
Brandin Cooks WR Concussion DNP DNP
Bryce Hager LB Shoulder DNP DNP
JoJo Natson WR Illness - DNP

Hopefully, the extra rest will allow RB Malcolm Brown to rejoin his running mates. No idea how Head Coach Sean McVay will use his three-pronged RB depth chart though. It sounds like LB Clay Matthews is close to a return after breaking his jaw back in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks. The concerns over WR Brandin Cooks are legitimate. He’s seen a second specialist and has already been ruled out for this one.

The Steelers’ injury report was a bit lengthier:

2019 Pittsburgh Steelers Week 10 injury report

Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status
Name POS Injury Wed. Status Thu. Status
Ryan Switzer WR Back DNP Full
Mark Barron LB Not Injury Related DNP Full
Maurkice Pouncey C Not Injury Related DNP Full
Vance McDonald TE Not Injury Related DNP Full
James Conner RB Shoulder Limited DNP
Ramon Foster G Concussion Limited DNP
Benny Snell Jr. RB Knee DNP DNP
Trey Edmunds RB Ribs DNP DNP
Roosevelt Nix FB Knee DNP DNP
Tyson Alualu DE Knee - DNP

Here’s what they had to say about it over at Behind the Steel Curtain, the SB Nation community for Steelers fans:

As expected, Benny Snell Jr. did not practice on Wednesday as he was ruled out by head coach Mike Tomlin in Tuesday’s press conference. While the team is hopeful James Conner will progress throughout the week, he was able to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. Trey Edmunds was unable to go on Wednesday as he is dealing with injured ribs. Additionally, Roosevelt Nix is still hampered with his knee injury which kept him out of five games this season as he did not take the field on Wednesday.

Ramon Foster is still moving through the concussion protocol and was limited in practice on Wednesday. Both Foster and the Steelers expect him to be available on Sunday. A surprise player to the injury list was wide receiver and kick returner Ryan Switzer who did not practice due to a back injury.

There were three additional players who did not participate in Wednesday’s practice as a coaches decision. Center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Mark Barron, and tight and Vance McDonald all were given the day off. Pouncey was recovering from an injury last week so he was not listed as a coaches decision although he has been taking off the first practice of each week all season.