Rams head coach Sean McVay said on Monday that this won’t be the week for linebacker Micah Kiser or safety Taylor Rapp to come off of injured reserve. Both are recovering from knee injuries and LA will hope to have them ready by the time the playoffs start in January.
Kiser was leading the team in tackles prior to his injury in Week 11 against the Buccaneers. Rapp had 44 tackles, one interception, three passes defensed and one forced fumble when he was injured in Week 10 against the Seahawks. Kiser would be able to slot back in as a starting inside linebacker, while Rapp was usually get 10-20 snaps on defense when Jordan Fuller was healthy, as he is now.
Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire pointed out this week that he sees Troy Reeder as a potentially preferable option to Kiser.
One key player on defense who could return this Sunday against the Jets is rookie edge rusher Terrell Lewis, who is also working his way back from a knee injury.
#Rams injury updates: Sean McVay says "we'll see" if LB Terrell Lewis is ready for Sunday vs. the Jets; LB Micah Kiser and S Taylor Rapp won't come off IR this week. All have missed three or more games with knee injuries.— Kevin Modesti (@KevinModesti) December 15, 2020
McVay said “We’ll see” about Lewis and that is worth monitoring when the injury reports are released this week leading up to the game.
There remains hope that Andrew Whitworth will be able to return at some point, but that is only because we have yet to be told that he is definitively ruled out after tearing his MCL. Whitworth could be activated in the playoffs, should the Rams still be in contention when he’s ready to return.