As the Los Angeles Rams head into their Week 8 matchup against the Houston Texans, they’ll be without two of their most reliable players in offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and defensive tackle Sebastian-Joseph Day. Regarding Whitworth, Head Coach Sean McVay indicated that he had treatment on his knee and most likely will be back next week.
Joseph Noteboom would be the next in line to start in his place this week. Noteboom has had a ton of success at tackle as opposed to guard. This is the perfect game for Noteboom to come in and get some in-game regular-season reps to prepare him if he had to appear in a game later on in the season.
The Rams-Texans injury report with game statuses for Sunday. Of note: Rams LT Andrew Whitworth and DL Sebastian Joseph-Day are OUT. pic.twitter.com/wPEYloToVC— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 29, 2021
In place of Sebastian Joseph-Day, defensive tackle Greg Gaines could see a lot of action. Joseph-Day has been one of the best run-stuffing defensive lineman in the league this year, presumably, the Texans will attempt to exploit his absence by utilizing the run game early and often. This will also be a big week for A’Shawn Robinson to step up in his absence as well and to make a bigger impact than he has thus far through his tenure of being an LA Ram.
Whitworth and Joseph-Day are the only players ruled out so far this Sunday, but there are a few more players that appeared on the injury report. Safety Jordan Fuller and rookie corner back Robert Rochell both banged their knee in the contest against the Lions so they’re questionable. Jalen Ramsey has been out of practice all week with an illness and the Rams have not yet provided an update on that but is listed as questionable.