The Rams suffered a blow to their defense when coach Sean McVay announced on Tuesday inside linebacker Travin Howard will be out for the season because of a knee injury he suffered during practice.
Sean McVay says that LB Travin Howard tore his meniscus, will have surgery and is out for the season.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 1, 2020
Howard suffered the injury during practice. “I feel terrible for him,” says McVay.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 1, 2020
Howard was likely going to be a starter. A seventh-round pick in 2018 NFL draft, Howard spent his rookie season on the practice squad.
Last season, he was primarily a special teams player. But with departures this year, Howard was given an opportunity and he responded well.
The Rams still have Micah Kiser, Kenny Young and Troy Reeder to be part of the rotation and to provide depth. They could also consider bringing back linebacker Bryce Hager. He was a free agent after spending five seasons with the Rams and was recently released by the Las Vegas Raiders. Also expect the Rams to scour the waiver wire after Saturday’s cuts as they work toward moving on without Howard.