A notable injury was revealed by Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay to reporters on Monday, when he confirmed that veteran tight end Tyler Higbee suffered a dislocated shoulder Sunday against the New York Giants.
It was a bit of a surprise considering Higbee was still able to play over 90% of the offensive snaps in the game, however it’s unknown exactly when he sustained the injury. Higbee had a good game vs the Giants, converting some key first downs and catching six passes for 62 yards.
Couple of new injuries to watch for the Rams, who haven't decided whether they'll play all starters vs SF:— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 1, 2024
TE Tyler Higbee dislocated (posterior sublux) his left shoulder in New York, and S Jordan Fuller sprained his ankle. Rams will evaluate them this week.
Higbee has been banged up all season, with McVay noting back in November that his tight end was “fighting through a lot of stuff”, so news of his new shoulder injury only seems to reinforce the idea that the Rams may rest some of their starters heading into a Week 18 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
While the Rams could keep their 6th seed with a win, they have already clinched a playoff position, so worst case scenario they would only drop from 6th to 7th if they decided to sit some players. They would also be able to retain the 6th seed, even with a loss, if the Green Bay Packers were to lose to the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals.
Davis Allen would be expected to fill in for Higbee if he does not play, which may not be the worst thing, as Allen has played well when given limited opportunities on the field. Most fans would love to see more of the rookie tight end after he flashed some potential against Baltimore with four catches, 50 yards and a touchdown in the game.
McVay also revealed that safety Jordan Fuller sprained his ankle vs the Giants as well, he would most likely be replaced by Russ Yeast if he cannot go.
Luckily for the Rams, injuries are hitting during a week that is not as crucial to the playoff push as the last few have been. LA knows that they are now preparing for guaranteed post-season play no matter what, and while they would probably love to remain in the 6th seed position, heading into wild card weekend with a healthy team may be the most important thing at this point.