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Los Angeles Rams’ LB Clay Matthews and RB Malcolm Brown full participants on Thursday in Week 10

The LA Rams will look to return a pair of key players in Week 10 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers

Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, Sep. 8, 2019. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams (5-3), after a Week 9 bye, are well rested and look to return a pair of key players in Week 10, when they head east to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4).

Starting outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who suffered a jaw injury in Week 5, was a full participant in Thursday’s practice session, and should be good to go this weekend barring a setback. Backup running back Malcolm Brown, who missed the London game vs. the Bengals with an ankle injury, was also back on the field today.

It’s good news for a Rams team that could use all of its talent headed down the back stretch of the 2019 season. Here’s a look at their injury report from Thursday:

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

If you’re late to the party, Rams’ head coach Sean McVay announced on Wednesday that WR Brandin Cooks has yet to pass concussion protocol and will therefore be out this Sunday. LB Bryce Hager was placed on IR earlier today. Outside of that, the Rams are looking pretty good.

As for the Steelers:

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

A big hit for the Steelers’ offense, it was reported earlier today that RB James Conner (shoulder) will once again be out. Another one to monitor for the Steelers, starting offensive lineman Ramon Foster, who has missed the last six quarters of play due to a concussion, may have suffered a setback and was list as “DNP” after participating in limited fashion on Wednesday.

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

The Steelers has hoped James Conner would be available this week especially after he was able to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Conner was unable to participate Thursday and it was reported the Steelers are not expecting Conner to play on Sunday.

As expected, Benny Snell Jr. did not practice on Thursday as he was ruled out by head coach Mike Tomlin in Tuesday’s press conference. Trey Edmunds was also still unable to go on Thursday 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 yet again on Thursday. With so many running backs out due to injury, the Steelers re-signed Darrin Hall to the practice squad Thursday morning.

Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Such a setback at this point in the week makes it highly unlikely for Foster to be available on Sunday. It was reported Matt Feiler moved to left guard for practice on Thursday and Chukwuma Okorafor came in to play the right tackle position. What is unclear about the situation is if this was strictly to get both players some practice time as they will be the main backups at the position on Sunday, or if the Steelers decided to go with Feiler at guard over B.J. Finney who started last week against the Indianapolis Colts.

A surprise addition to the injury list on Thursday was defensive lineman Tyson Alualu who missed practice with a knee injury.

The three players who were given the day off of practice on Wednesday all returned as full participants on Thursday. Center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Mark Barron, and tight end Vance McDonald all appear to be ready to play on Sunday. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer missed Wednesday’s practice with a back injury but was also able to return as a full participant on Thursday.