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Los Angeles Rams News and Links for 12/12/23

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams will seemingly be losing Hunter Long for thr rest of ther season due to an unfortunate knee injury. As awful is that is, it could give Davis Allen more time to step up into a real playing role. Allen made a few nice plays in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. I am not going to pretend to know Allen that well, but Rams fans seem excited. Are you one of those fans? If so, what give you hope or what do you look forward to seeing from Allen? Any concerns about his game?

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McVay: Hunter Long suffered season-ending MCL injury vs. Ravens, plus updates on Rob Havenstein, Tutu Atwell, Alex Ward, Ben Skowronek and Quentin Lake (

“It’s a bummer for him. He was doing a really good job,” McVay said during a video conference with reporters. “He’s fought through a lot of adversity this year, and I thought he played really well in the early parts of that game. And so you hate that for him. But looking forward to him rehabbing and doing a good job with us moving forward.”

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Rob Havensteinhas a groin strain and is day-to-day.

“We’ll see what that looks like,” McVay said. “He wanted to come back yesterday, but with the elements and the weather and different things like that. (Offensive lineman) Joe (Noteboom) did a nice job stepping up in his absence, but it’s always great to be able to have your captain up front in there.”

Wide receiver Tutu Atwell is in the concussion protocol, per McVay.

“Came in today, was feeling a little bit better, but we’ll go through the necessary steps with that,” McVay said. “Day at a time and (we’ll) see how that affects his status for the week.”

Rams open as 6.5-point favorites vs. Commanders in Week 15 (theramswire)

“After one of their toughest games of the season on Sunday in Baltimore, the Los Angeles Rams get a little bit of a break against an easier opponent in Week 15 when they host the Washington Commanders. Though the Commanders are coming off a bye in Week 14, the Rams are heavily favored over Ron Rivera’s squad.

According to BetMGM, the Rams are 6.5-point favorites over Washington. The over/under is set at 48.5 points, and if you want to bet on Los Angeles to win straight-up, the line is -300 – meaning a $300 bet wins $100.”

Kyren Williams is making tacklers miss at exceptionally high rate, among best in NFL (ramswire)

“Despite his lack of size and speed, Williams has proved to be one of the toughest running backs in football to tackle. It’s been a completely unexpected development, but one that has provided a spark for the Rams offense every time the ball is handed to Williams.

According to Pro Football Focus, Williams forced 11 missed tackles against the Ravens on Sunday. That’s the most in the NFL this week, which is impressive considering the team he went up against.

On the season, Williams now has 41 missed tackles on rush attempts. That’s tied for the fifth-most of any running back with at least 46 rush attempts, behind only Christian McCaffrey (53), Travis Etienne Jr. (50), Raheem Mostert (43) and Derrick Henry (42).”