The Los Angeles Rams may be just 3-5 this season, but they no longer have injuries to blame for their underachievement. Heading into a Week 10 matchup against the New York Jets on the road, the Rams are pretty healthy, all things considered. The team is at near-full strength as it travels to East Rutherford, New Jersey to face the Jets.
What injuries the Los Angeles organization does have are balanced equally among the offense and the defense. Furthermore, the Rams players have shown that they’re capable of playing through injuries and see the field of play each game regardless of their ability to practice during the week. That’s been a nice bonus for L.A. this season, even if the production on the field hasn’t always been stellar.
Offensive Disaster Dodged?
Running back Todd Gurley, the team’s best player, did not participate in practice on either Wednesday or Thursday due to a thigh concern, but he is expected to suit up and play against the Jets. Gurley is having a lousy season, but in the last three games—all losses—he has carried the ball 41 times for 163 yards, which is an improvement on earlier efforts this season. Forget the fact he might have to run 41 times a game for the Rams to win: Gurley will play on Sunday.
Guard Jamon Brown is expected back on the field after missing the last two games with a hand injury. Meanwhile, wide receiver Nelson Spruce (knee) once again was unable to practice this week and is listed as out for the New York matchup.
Defensive Healthy Roughly The Same
Three defensive players each missed Wednesday’s workouts before recovering to limited participation on Thursday: defensive tackle Michael Brockers (groin), cornerback Trumaine Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (back). Brockers played last week against Carolina, but he didn’t register a tackle. Overall this season, he’s been a relative zero with just six tackles overall in six games—and no sacks.
Johnson missed two games previously with his injury, but he played last week against the Panthers, notching four tackles. His absence on Wednesday was cautionary, as he is fully expected to play on Sunday as he continues to recover from a fracture. The team just doesn’t want to overwork him right now.
As for Joyner, he has been one of the team’s best defensive players this year, racking up 45 tackles and forcing one fumble. Hopefully, he will be able to give it a go on Sunday, but he remains questionable right now.
Jets Beat Up Pretty Good Right Now
New York has 10 players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, and they also have some key players that are doubtful or out. This can benefit the Rams, of course, in terms of winning the game based on depth alone. Luckily for the Jets, though, four key players with injuries are probable for Week 10: quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee), running back Matt Forte (knee), wide receiver Brandon Marshall (foot) and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle).
However, defensive back Marcus Williams (ankle) is out, after injuring himself last week against the Miami Dolphins. He has 29 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble this year, so Williams will be missed in the N.Y. secondary. Likewise, center Nick Mangold (ankle) has missed the last two games and is not expected to play Sunday.
- Michael Brockers, defensive tackle (groin)
- Jamon Brown, guard (hand)
- Lamarcus Joyner, defensive back (back)
- Nelson Spruce, wide receiver (knee)
Post Author: Sam McPherson.