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Sebastian Joseph-Day will require surgery on injured pectoral muscle

The Rams star run-stuffing defensive tackle will miss a significant amount of time

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay took time with the media to discuss injuries before this Sunday’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans and revealed that defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day re-aggravated his pec injury in yesterday’s practice and will need surgery.

The Rams are unsure if it’ll be season-ending but he will be out for a significant amount of time this year. That’s a significant blow to the LA Rams defense considering Joseph-Day quietly was having a breakout year. He is tied for first in run stop win rate for a defensive tackle with New York Jets defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi.

Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris will look to players like DT Greg Gaines and A’Shawn Robinson to step up and fill the void. The acquisition of OLB Von Miller will help tremendously as well, as he prides himself on being an elite run stopper. This past week Joseph-Day missed the Houston Texans game due to the same injury, and the Rams only let Houston rush for 44 yards on the ground. This was one of Gaines best games of his career leading the way for DT’s in pass rush win rate in Week 8.

The best case scenario here is the depth of the defensive line to come in and have a seamless transition, while hopefully getting Sebastian back come playoff time. Unfortunately for Joseph-Day he is in a contract year, but I believe the Rams have seen enough of what he can do if they want to re-sign him.

On the other end of the spectrum, could this be the emergence of Greg Gaines? Can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.