The Los Angeles Rams have dealt with a number of injuries this season, as most teams tend to do in the NFL. Among key players who have missed important time due to injury include Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, Tyler Higbee, Jordan Fuller, Terrell Lewis, Micah Kiser and A’Shawn Robinson. It seems as though all of those players will be available to the Rams on Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Seahawks, including the return of Fuller at safety and the debut of Robinson at nose tackle.
In fact, the only players who are expected to be unavailable who going into the season would have expected to be on the field might be rookie safety Terrell Burgess, linebacker Travin Howard, linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Joe Noteboom will also be activated to the 53-man roster this week, just in time given that David Edwards has missed practice with an abdomen injury, potentially the only starter in danger of missing the game.
Darrell Henderson and Cooper Kupp were on Wednesday’s injury report but should practice in full on Thursday.
It may be acting in the defiance of jinxes to even mention LA’s health, but I don’t believe in that kind of magic and it is worth celebrating the rare moments when an NFL team is this healthy in the second half of a season. Especially given the difficult schedule that awaits the Rams in the next four weeks.
If Los Angeles can get by with wins over the Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from now until Monday the 23rd, they could be inching towards the driver seat for the top seed in the NFC. If they toppled the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in the following two weeks, few resumes will be better.
By comparison, Seattle could be without starting cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar because of injuries, while running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are in danger of missing their third game in a row. Center Ethan Pocic is also questionable because of a concussion.