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Rams give injury update on 2 defensive starters

Rams expect Michael Hoecht to play, but ruled out a starter in the secondary

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams will move into second place in the NFC West if they beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and head coach Sean McVay gave some good news about the defense on Friday: Starting edge rusher Michael Hoecht is expected to play through a knee injury. Hoecht has four sacks in the last five games and has played in 85-percent of the snaps this season, fifth-most on the defense.

However, McVay added that defensive back Quentin Lake will miss the game due to a hamstring injury.

Lake moved into a starting role beginning in Week 9, but will have missed two straight games now.

The Rams have increased reps for safety John Johnson and rookies Tre’Vius Tomlinson, Jason Taylor.

Taylor, a seventh round rookie out of Oklahoma State, had three tackles in L.A.’s win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12. If the Rams beat the Browns, who are expected to start their fourth different quarterback of the season in Joe Flacco, they will improve to 6-6 and tie the Seahawks, who lost on Thursday night. Because of L.A. sweeping Seattle this season, that will move them into second in the NFC West and in prime position for a wild card berth.