It looks as though the Los Angeles Rams will be playing without left tackle Andrew Whitworth for the rest of the season, though NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Whitworth will get a second opinion and hopes to return by the end of the year. Whitworth tore his MCL and had “damage” to his PCL, according to Rapoport, and will be placed on injured reserve by the Rams.
If Los Angeles makes the playoffs — which seems promising after they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 23-16 on Sunday and moved into a tie for first place in the NFC West — that may be Whitworth’s best chance to get back into a game this season.
The only game that Whitworth has missed since 2013 was a Week 17 contest in 2017 when he was rested for the playoffs. Otherwise, he missed six games in 2008 and two games in 2013 but has otherwise been healthy in his 224-game career. The Rams turned to Joe Noteboom at left tackle on Sunday but perhaps they’ll shuffle the deck in practice this week.