The Rams have stayed relatively healthy through the first three-quarters of the season. These last few weeks, though, they’ve shown some mortality these last few weeks when it comes to key players leaving games due to injuries. Here’s a quick injury report and analysis of some of the players nursing wounds going into week 14:
Wide Receiver Robert Woods – Shoulder – Doubtful
Head Coach Sean McVay hasn’t set a timetable for Woods to return this week. It was said by the Head Coach that Woods would be able to return by Week 14 in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Woods also has not practiced since sustaining his injury in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. While their #1 receiver is out, the Rams have done very well with using the most out of Sammy Watkins, and rookies Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds. It looks like they will have to continue making plays in Woods’ spot. Woods’ looks make his return before the postseason.
Middle Linebacker Alec Ogletree – Elbow – Questionable
Ogletree took a hit on Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals, hyperextending his elbow while bringing down Running Back D.J. Foster. The Middle Linebacker said in a locker room interview that he took some “friendly fire” from Defensive End Ethan Westbrooks during an assist on the tackle. Second-year man Bryce Hager filled in for Ogletree for the rest of the game. If needed, Hager will be there to fill the need at the position, though Coach McVay expects “Tree” to start against Philadelphia.
Outside Linebacker Connor Barwin – Forearm – Doubtful
Connor Barwin looks to be taking another week off after breaking his forearm in the week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints. He had his surgery as he was also expected to be returning by this week against his former team in the Eagles. He’s on a game by game timetable but he looks likely to miss the rest of the season. Rookie Linebacker Samson Ebukam filled the spot nicely in his first start in place of Barwin last Sunday. Ebukam was in on four tackles and two sacks on the day.
Many other players did not practice throughout the week. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, linebacker Mark Barron, and center John Sullivan got their usual rest days during the middle of the week.
Running Back Malcolm Brown is cleared to return from his knee injury. He’ll be ready to suit up against the Eagles.
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