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Rams bring back Travin Howard, Chandler Brewer

Kyren Williams will not debut this weekend

NFL: OCT 03 Rams at 49ers Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams desperately need offensive line help. Is Chandler Brewer the answer? He’s enough of an answer to be added back to the 53-man roster on Saturday, as the Rams announced a handful of roster moves ahead of their Week 9 meeting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brewer, a 2019 undrafted free agent has appeared in nine games over three and a half seasons. He has been activated from the practice squad in each of L.A.’s last two games, but only appeared in six special teams snaps.

Brewer played in 17 offensive snaps during his rookie season in 2019, also the last time that the Rams had extensive offensive line problems.

The Rams have also activated linebacker Travin Howard off of IR. A 2018 seventh round pick, Howard appeared in 12 games for L.A. last season, including 101 snaps on defense. He has played extensively on special teams in his career. In a corresponding move, the Rams placed linebacker Jake Hummel on IR. Hummel has played in 116 special teams snaps this season.

In need of running back help, Sean McVay also activated Ronnie Rivers from the practice squad again, potentially signaling that Cam Akers won’t return just yet. Rivers played in 21 snaps in last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Akers remains a possibility, but Kyren Williams will not be activated in time to face Tampa Bay.

Finally, L.A. also activated tight end Jared Pinkney from the practice squad. Pinkney has not appeared in a game this season. He played in two games with the Detroit Lions in 2021.