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Rams injury updates: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo placed on short-term IR

The LA Rams placed a few players on the reserve/injured list on Thursday

NFL: AUG 22 Rams Scrimmage Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As the Los Angeles Rams inch closer to the regular-season home opener against the Chicago Bears, having players available and healthy is of the utmost importance. After finalizing their initial 53-man roster Tuesday, the Rams made a few roster moves Thursday to give us more of an idea of who will be out there in week 1.

Outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and OL Tremayne Anchrum were placed on the reserve/IL which opened up a few roster spots for the LA Rams heading into the regular season. It is expected the be the short-term list meaning they would be eligible to return in Week 4 of the regular season.

It’s not ideal losing a pass rusher right before the season starts, but the good news for the team is that Terrell Lewis seems to be fully healthy with no limitations.

Terrell has practiced fully since the week of the last preseason game, and consecutively, including today, per The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue.

Receiver Ben Skowronek increased his workload in practice on Thursday but was still in a red non-contact jersey. To make the 53-man roster but not play in the preseason as a rookie, he must have impressed McVay and the offensive staff in camp. McVay said Skowronek “had some bright spots and they have a vision for him.

In non-injury-related news, rookie linebacker Chris Garrett was placed on the reserve/covid-19 list. This means Garrett could miss Week 1 of the regular season against the Bears on September 12th. Punter Johnny Hekker was activated off the reserve/covid-19 list and will be ready to go in Week 1.