The Los Angeles Rams looked to be coming into their game vs the New York Giants as a very healthy team, but had a surprising add to their inactives list on Sunday morning. Starting left tackle Alaric Jackson, who was listed as questionable but expected to play with thigh tightness earlier in the week, will now be out against New York. The reason is the most curious part of the situation, as the Rams official site has it listed as “personal reasons” rather than injury.
Rams Updates:— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 31, 2023
• OL Alaric Jackson will be out today for personal reasons.
This is a blow to the Rams offensive line, which has been looking consistently stellar as of late. It is expected that backup left tackle Joe Noteboom will start in place of Jackson, despite dealing with a foot injury last week, he is active.
Defensive back Tre Tomlinson (hamstring), running back Zach Evans, outside linebacker Ochaun Mathis and defensive end Earnest Brown IV are all also inactive against the Giants.
The Rams will need a big win vs New York today to keep their playoff hopes alive. With a win, Los Angeles will boost their chances of post-season play to 87%, but a loss would drop them all the way down to a mere 15% chance.