LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford may be starting a new precedence this offseason after returning to work almost immediately following a thumb injury: rookie cornerback Robert Rochell seems to be following suit.
Rochell is back on the field in pads after only a week off of wrist surgery. The rookie injured his wrist when attempting to punch a ball out in what Sean McVay called “a freak little accident” on July 31st. Rochell reported to practice in a cast for extra precaution, but it is encouraging to see the rookie back on the field so soon.
Rookie corner Robert Rochell is back at practice and in pads today, about a week after his wrist surgery. Got a hard brace/cast for extra safety.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 9, 2021
In other updates, rookie DT Bobby Brown III did not get on the field on Monday after suffering a thumb injury the same day that Rochell injured his wrist. Brown adorned his own brace to protect his injured thumb even though he would not suit up for today’s practice.
Rookie DL Bobby Brown III is back out here with teammates (though obviously not participating this soon after thumb surgery), brace around right thumb.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) August 6, 2021
Both rookies are expected to make an immediate impact for the Rams defense this year, seeing both players at practice is a good sign things are on track for their recovery. There is not yet any indication that either player will get some valuable playing time in the preseason.
Rams face the LA Chargers in the preseason opener this Saturday and Rochell needs reps if he’s going to battle for a spot in the cornerback rotation.