Los Angeles Rams’ ILB Bryce Hager suffered a shoulder injury in Week 4 and has had a tough time in recovery with a problematic nerve. The lack of progress has pushed the Rams to most likely place Hager on Injured Reserve:
Sean McVay said LB Bryce Hager’s recovery from a shoulder injury has been up and down because of a nerve, and that he’s trending toward being placed on injured reserve.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 7, 2019
Hager’s season is now in doubt, though he could potentially return in eight weeks just prior to the postseason with the designation to return from I.R.
UDFA rookie ILB Troy Reeder has claimed the starting spot next to Cory Littleton, and he has not performed well in a small sample size. Reeder’s surface-level stats look okay as he’s collected 31 tackles and one forced fumble, but he’s allowed a perfect 158.3 rating in his coverage, proving to be a major liability as a pass defender. Luckily for the Rams, they routinely sub Reeder out on passing downs in favor of rookie S Taylor Rapp, who is much better in that regard.
To this point, Reeder has registered 148 snaps on defense, with Rapp registering 321 defensive snaps. Look for the duo to continue to rotate.
The Rams also signed Dakota Allen to their practice squad this week after he was waived by the Oakland Raiders.