Easley (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. The move comes as little surprise following Easley's surgery Monday. With the move to IR, Easley's 2018 season is a thing of the past and he'll enter the offseason with questions about his future in Los Angeles.
Easley, who underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL last October, revealed Wednesday that he also underwent surgery to repair a damaged LCL in August. Easley went down in the opening days of training camp last summer and spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve. However, it's apparent that the full extent of his injury wasn't completely disclosed. In any case, the ACL injury is the main concern here and, given the timing of the injury, Easley should be at full strength in time for training camp in July. Assuming he makes a full recovery, Easley is poised to enter the 2018 season as a key rotational piece on a stacked Rams defensive line that added three-time first-team All-Pro Ndamukong Suh this offseason.
Easley (knee) recently resumed running on an anti-gravity treadmill, Kristen Lago of the Rams' official site reports. Easley spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve after sustaining a torn ACL last August. While it isn't clear if he'll be ready for offseason workouts this spring, he appears be making steady progress in his recovery and should be full-go in time for training camp.
Easley signed his contract tender with the Rams on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Easley, who was tendered back in March, has finally signed with the team officially. He'll look to see an increased role in 2017 after a 2016 season that saw him record 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games.
Easley was tendered by the Rams on Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. The original-round tender means that the Rams have the right of first refusal for any contract offers the defensive end receives from other teams. In his first season with the Rams last year, Easley recorded 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games, both of which were career highs. The 25-year-old could be destined for an even bigger role with the team this season under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.