Los Angeles Rams

Stadium: Los Angeles Coliseum | Coach: Sean McVay
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd78.2 (31st)184.4 (31st)
Defense9th103.8 (16th)233.2 (10th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
05/05/17WRTavon AustinWristQUESTIONABLERams offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur intends to take advantage of Austin's (wrist) speed by using him as a downfield threat in 2017, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. "When you look at what Washington was able to do and what Atlanta was able to do and the explosive plays, it all starts with having speed at that receiver position, which is something he possesses," McVay explained. "I know last year in Atlanta, they used Taylor Gabriel [downfield] and he's not the tallest guy, but he could get open and he was electric with the ball in his hands. So hopefully we can get Tavon going the same way."

Austin was primarily used as a gadget player under the Rams' previous regime, as evidenced by his 116 carries the past two seasons not to mention the 75 receptions he caught from behind the line of scrimmage. McVay, however, hails from a system in Washington that rarely relied upon gimmick plays. Rather, he called plays that allowed the diminutive DeSean Jackson to flourish as one of the league's premier field-stretching wideouts. Austin (5-8, 176) profiles similarly to Jackson (5-10, 175) and certainly makes sense to be utilized in a similar fashion. While such a role would almost guarantee fewer carries -- and potentially fewer total touches -- for Austin in 2017, the former first-round receiver would likely have a great shot to set a career high in receiving yardage. It's worth noting that in the two years under McVay in which Jackson played at least 15 games, Jackson averaged 56 receptions for 1,087 yards and five touchdowns.

(Updated 05/15/2017)
05/05/17DBTroy HillSuspensionSUSPENDHill (knee) has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

As a backup cornerback with the Rams in 2016, Hill recorded 40 tackles and two passes defensed in 12 games. His absence for the first two weeks of 2017 shouldn't have a large impact on the secondary.

(Updated 05/01/2017)
05/05/17DBT.J. McDonaldSuspensionSUSPENDMcDonald (suspension) signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins on Friday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

This is an interesting signing for the Dolphins, considering that McDonald is suspended for the first eight games of the season due to a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. The 26-year-old recorded 64 tackles, two interceptions and a sack last season with the Rams. He figures to serve as a reserve safety and possible special-teams contributor once he returns from his suspension in early November.

(Updated 03/31/2017)
04/25/17DBMaurice AlexanderUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEAlexander (undisclosed) has been present for the initial weeks of the offseason program, Rich Hammond of The Orange Country Register reports.

Alexander missed two of the final three games in the regular season due to a concussion and has been limited during offseason workouts due to an undisclosed injury. His presence during the initial weeks of the team's offseason program figures to be a good sign for his status going forward. The 2014 fourth-round selection is expected to move to strong safety this season, which could help him see a boost in tackles due to more activity near the line of scrimmage.

(Updated 04/25/2017)
01/27/17DLLouis Trinca-PasatKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLETrinca-Pasat (knee) signed his exclusive rights contract tender with the Rams on Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Trinca-Pasat spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL last June. While it isn't clear if he's fully recovered, when healthy, he'll compete for a backup role at defensive end behind starters Michael Brockers and Ethan Westbrooks.

(Updated 04/10/2017)
01/26/17DBMarqui ChristianAnkleQUESTIONABLEChristian (ankle) was placed on IR Tuesday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

Christian injured his ankle in the second quarter of Sunday's game, though the specifics of the injury remain unclear. The issue isn't thought to be severe and shouldn't limit him in the slightest once offseason work roles around.

(Updated 12/20/2016)
01/26/17RBBenny CunninghamNeckQUESTIONABLECunningham (neck) signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Cunningham spent the first four seasons of his career with the Rams mainly as a passing-down back and kickoff returner. His 2016 campaign was ultimately cut short due to a neck injury in Week 14. The Middle Tennessee State product figures to have an opportunity to secure a pass-catching role beside Jordan Howard, as well as a kick return role.

(Updated 03/21/2017)
01/26/17LBJosh ForrestKneeQUESTIONABLEForrest (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

It seems as if the move to the IR cements the suspicion that Forrest tore his ACL on Sunday, although the team has yet to comment on specifics of the injury. The 24-year-old recorded nine tackles, one pass deflection, and one fumble recovery in 10 games, primarily on special teams.

(Updated 11/22/2016)
01/26/17TECory HarkeyTricepsQUESTIONABLEHarkey has been placed on the injured reserve with a triceps injury, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports.

Harkey injured his triceps working in practice on Friday and was unable to play in Week 14. His absence will likely open up work for Temarrick Hemingway at tight end.

(Updated 12/13/2016)
01/26/17RBZach LaskeyUndisclosedQUESTIONABLELaskey (undisclosed) was placed on the Rams' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

It's still unclear what Laskey is suffering from, but the Rams were evidently impressed with his potential as a fullback. He'll tryout for the team once again ahead of the 2017 campaign.

(Updated 08/30/2016)
01/26/17WRBradley MarquezKneeQUESTIONABLEMarquez (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, ESPN reports.

Marquez was an effective special teams player for the Rams and will finish the season with three receptions for 37 yards.

(Updated 12/24/2016)
01/26/17WRMarquez NorthUndisclosedQUESTIONABLENorth (undisclosed) was placed on the Rams' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

North's placement on IR may explain why he didn't see a single snap in any of the Rams' first three preseason contests as he may be suffering from a nagging or recurring soft-tissue injury. Nonetheless, whatever the injury may be, North will now have ample time to return to full health in advance of the 2017 campaign.

(Updated 08/30/2016)
01/26/17WRNelson SpruceCalfQUESTIONABLEThe Rams designated Spruce (calf) to return from injured reserve Friday, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Spruce practiced this week for the first time since landing on IR in November. However, according to the report, Spruce will not be eligible to play in Sunday's game versus the Cardinals.

(Updated 12/30/2016)
01/02/17DBLamarcus JoynerAnkleQUESTIONABLEJoyner (ankle) will spend time at free safety during the Rams' offseason program, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Joyner's planned position change comes after he spent the first three years of his career playing primarily as a nickel cornerback. While Joyner was plenty successful there, compiling 178 tackles and 13 pass deflections in 40 games, Los Angeles' offseason signing of Nickell Robey-Coleman gives it another standout at the position. So, with Maurice Alexander moving to fill the departed T.J. McDonald's strong safety spot, Joyner will move back to the free safety position, where his instincts and flexibility figure to serve him well.

(Updated 04/17/2017)
 

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