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Rams News: Who will fill in for injured Sebastian Joseph-Day in LA vs Houston?

Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 10/30/21

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The Los Angeles Rams will travel to Houston to play the Texans on Sunday for a chance to move to 7-1. But they will go into this game with a few starters missing due to injury. Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and defense lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day are on the injury report and are projected to be out on Sunday.

The player projected to play the most in place of Joseph-Day is third year lineman Greg Gaines. Gaines was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 draft out of the University of Washington.

In 2019, Gaines saw action in 10 games and recorded 13 tackles and 0.5 sacks. In 2020, he played in all 16 games and produced 18 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Gaines demonstrated raw strength and leverage from the start but has also shown consistent improvement when it comes to technique gaining from the teachings of Aaron Donald and former Ram Michael Brockers.

Gaines has seen his role increase steadily while seeing his season’s snap count go from 183 in his rookie year to 201 in his second year and has already recorded 181 snaps through the first seven games of this season. Sunday would be his fourth start of this year and of his career.

The Texans are 1-6 and Gaines will benefit from playing next to Aaron Donald who is sure to continue his demands for attention and double teams which will allow his fellow rushers to work one on one. If Gaines can have a good outing on Sunday, contribute to the run defense and pass rush, it will go a long way to the teams confidence in the defensive line depth.

And now for today’s links:

RAMS NEWS:

Los Angeles Rams receiver DeSean Jackson seeking trade, new opportunity (ESPN)

Injury Report 10/29: Andrew Whitworth, Sebastian Joseph-Day and DeSean Jackson out; Jordan Fuller and Robert Rochell questionable for Week 8 at Texans (Rams.com)

How much cap space would Rams save by trading DeSean Jackson? (RamsWire)

DeSean Jackson is not the only LA Rams star sitting out Week 8 (RamblinFan)

NFL NEWS:

Week 8 injury report for 2021 NFL season (NFL.com)

Green Bay Packers lose TE Robert Tonyan to torn ACL; RB/KR Kylin Hill also out for season, sources say (ESPN)

Chicago Bears rule LB Khalil Mack out Sunday vs. San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

Panthers still watching Deshaun Watson market closely ahead of deadline, willing to trade Christian McCaffrey (CBSsports)