The Los Angeles Rams have a preseason game in mere hours, but on Saturday they had to place both of their punters on the COVID-19 reserve list. Both incumbent Johnny Hekker and the new guy competing for a roster spot somewhere in the NFL this season Corey Bojorquez will be inactive for tonight’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Rams place punters Corey Bojorquez and Johnny Hekker on Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 21, 2021
The news leaves the Rams without a punter for Saturday night’s game at SoFi Stadium against the Raiders. Instead, Sean McVay may have to elect to go for it as many times as possible — not necessarily the worst case scenario in a meaningless exhibition game — or to give kicker Matt Gay the chance to boot it when necessary. The move does mean that LA won’t get as many opportunities (probably) to give special teams coverage snaps to a host of players who desperately need to prove themselves on special teams.
Perhaps for that reason, McVay will elect to punt by any means necessary.