The Los Angeles Rams are placing left tackle Andrew Whitworth, safety Taylor Rapp and kicker Kai Forbath on injured reserve this week. According to ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, Rapp should be back in roughly one month and there is optimism about Whitworth’s return this season as well. The Rams added Forbath only three weeks ago as a replacement for struggling rookie Sam Sloman and that means they are on the hunt for a new kicker again.
It won’t be Sloman, however.
Rams to place LT Andrew Whitworth, S Taylor Rapp and K Kai Forbath on injured reserve. Sean McVay expressed optimism that Whitworth can return late this season or in time for playoffs. Rapp expected to return in about 3-4 weeks. https://t.co/4JfBIeAiB4— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 17, 2020
LA will have a competition between Austin MacGinnis, who is currently on the practice squad, and free agent Matt Gay. MacGinnis lost a three-way offseason competition between himself, Sloman and Lirim Hajrullahu. He could be the midseason winner if he holds off Gay.
A fifth round pick of the Buccaneers out of Utah last year, Gay went 27 of 35 as a rookie and missed five extra point attempts. He was 11 of 14 in the 40-49 range and five of eight at 50+.
The Rams have JuJu Hughes and Nick Scott as safety depth behind Jordan Fuller and John Johnson. Jake Gervase and J.R. Reed are safeties on the practice squad, which was expanded this year due to new rules, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.
Joseph Noteboom replaced Whitworth at left tackle against the Seahawks in Week 10 and that would appear to be the plan moving forward. Jamil Demby is the only tackle on the practice squad.