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Rams get back key offensive lineman from injury this week

The Rams will have Rob Havenstein back at right tackle against the Saints

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Rams Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams have had a better season from their offensive line than anyone expected thanks to the elevated play of guards Steve Avila and Kevin Dotson, but Matthew Stafford’s most experienced blocker gets to return to action on Thursday against the New Orleans Saints. Veteran right tackle Rob Havenstein returns from a three-game absence to start against the Saints on Thursday, replacing Joe Noteboom.

And the timing works out well because Noteboom is questionable to play against New Orleans due to a foot injury.

Havenstein has not miss much time in his career. Although he did miss seven games in 2019, Havenstein had only missed two starts total in 2021 and 2022. The 31-year-old has manned the Rams’ right side of the offensive line since being a second round pick out of Wisconsin in 2015.

The Rams have ruled out rookie cornerback Tre Tomlinson, but full participants in practice include Ahkello Witherspoon, Tutu Atwell, and the recently designated to return Ronnie Rivers. That gives L.A. about as full of a roster as a team can hope for in late December.