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Rams QB Matt Stafford injured his right index finger in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's win over the Seahawks but was able to play through it after getting a tape job. “I don’t know (what happened),” Stafford said afterward. “I looked down at a certain point on a drive in the second quarter, I think the one we kicked a field goal on, and I just looked down and felt a little pressure (in the finger). I maybe got it on a handoff or a snap or something. Not 100 percent sure. I looked down, felt a little bit of pressure in there and it was just a little bit out of place. Was able to put it back in and keep going, it didn’t affect me too much, to be honest with you.” Stafford missed a few throws in the win, although it's unclear if the misfires were caused by the finger injury. We'll keep an eye on the situation when the Rams get back to work next week, but Stafford should be fine for Week 6's matchup with the Giants.

Rams TE Tyler Higbee injured his shoulder in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game vs. the Seahawks and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Higbee returned after missing just a few plays.

Rams HC Sean McVay said the kind of thing this week that fantasy football players want to hear about WR Robert Woods: "This guy's a stud in every sense of the word. It is important to be able to get a handful of guys involved. That's something that I always want to continue to be intentional about. ... When Robert's involved, that's a good thing for the Rams offense. That's something that we want to continue to see displayed, but Robert is a leader, he's a captain and he's been doing a great job up to this point. We just need to get him some more opportunities and that starts with me." Woods sits well behind leader Cooper Kupp but has still seen the 2nd most targets among Rams through 4 games. After seeing 6 targets or fewer in 3 of the first 4 games, though, perhaps he'll find more passes coming his way Thursday night at Seattle. The Seahawks have provided a high-upside matchup for opposing offenses so far, including spending more defensive snaps on the field than any other team. If your lineup decisions are close for Week 5, we'd lean toward giving Woods a shot.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) is active for today’s game vs. the Cardinals. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. We’ll see if Henderson returns to the feature-back role he was playing before the injury. If he does, he’ll have RB1 upside today. Even if he cedes some work to RB Sony Michel, Henderson should still be a nice fantasy play vs. Arizona’s leaky run defense.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) will play vs. the Cardinals today. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. There's some risk that Henderson's workload is scaled back coming off this injury, but we like him as an upside RB2 in today's plus matchup.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Cardinals. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, and HC Sean McVay confirmed that Henderson will play on Sunday. He was getting feature-back usage before that rib injury, but we wouldn't be surprised if Los Angeles scaled back Henderson's workload a bit going forward. Still, he's a nice Week 4 fantasy play in a likely shootout vs. a leaky Arizona run defense.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. "He had a good look in his eye and took part in the walk thru just now," HC Sean McVay said. "So I think the expectation and anticipation is that he’ll play, but not 100% sure." Henderson was getting feature-back usage before the rib injury, but we wonder if Los Angeles will lighten his load a bit going forward. Check back tomorrow for another update on Henderson's status.

Rams OLB Justin Hollins will have surgery today to repair a torn pectoral muscle and miss the rest of the season, ESPN reports. Hollins suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. Terrell Lewis saw his playing time double -- to 47% -- in Hollins' absence and registered his 1st QB hit of the year.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) is making good progress and that he's "hopeful" Henderson will be back for this weekend's game vs. the Cardinals. Sony Michel got feature-back usage with Henderson out Week 3, racking up 20 carries and 4 targets. Michel will be a top 20 fantasy play in Week 4 if Henderson remains sidelined.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Bucs. Sony Michel will step in as Los Angeles’ lead back, with Jake Funk as the #2 RB. The matchup vs. a stout Tampa run defense leaves Michel as just a RB3 in the Week 3 rankings.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Rams expect RB Darrell Henderson to be inactive for today's game against the Buccaneers. He's officially questionable with a rib injury. If Henderson is out, we should see Sony Michel operate as L.A.'s lead back. Tampa Bay presents arguably the league's worst rushing matchup, so don't expect a big fantasy day. But Michel will be in play for lineups in need.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) didn’t practice all week but will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s tilt vs. the Bucs. That game doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we’ll look for an update on Henderson on Sunday morning. Between the rib injury and a brutal matchup, he’ll be a shaky fantasy start if he plays. If Henderson is out, Sony Michel should get the majority of the Rams’ RB touches and would be in the RB2 conversation.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson (ribs) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. The team is expected to test those injured ribs on Friday. Check back then for another update.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson suffered a rib cartilage injury in Sunday's win over the Colts, HC Sean McVay said. McVay didn't rule Henderson out for this weekend's showdown with the Bucs, according to The Athletic's Jordan Rodrigue. These rib injuries tend to be pain management issues, so this might come down to a game-time decision. RB Sony Michel, who received all 10 Rams carries after Henderson exited in Week 2, needs to be owned in just about every fantasy league.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson suffered a rib injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game vs. the Colts and is officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for updates.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that RB Sony Michel is on track to play against the Bears this weekend -- although McVay stopped short of guaranteeing that Michel will suit up for that one. The former Patriots has been in Los Angeles for just a couple of weeks, so don't expect an extensive role in the opener. But Michel's presence adds downside for RB Darrell Henderson.

Rams RB Xavier Jones has been waived/injured with an Achilles injury that will need surgery, HC Sean McVay said. Considered the favorite for #2 RB duties in Los Angeles just a couple of weeks ago, Jones now figures to miss the entire 2021 season.

Rams HC Sean McVay talked about his new-look backfield of Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel on Thursday. “Wanted to make sure that we got somebody else that’s played in big-time games," McVay said of Michel, per NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano. “The goal is to get him ready to go and have him a big-time contributor on the 12th (Week 1)." Of Henderson, McVay said, "Darrell’s still going to have a very big role. Doesn’t really change the outlook for him." We at least expect Henderson to open the season as Los Angeles' lead back. But it could be a fluid situation.

Appearing on SiriusXM radio this morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter said Sony Michel will "probably be the lead back" in Los Angeles. It sounded like much more opinion than report -- but Schefter is obviously 1 of the most plugged-in reporters in the industry. Although he's struggled with injuries through 3 NFL seasons, it's worth remembering that Michel was the 31st overall pick of the 2018 draft. He's still only 26 years old. And he averaged 5.7 yards on 79 carries last year, ranking 26th among 76 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades. RB Darrell Henderson, by the way, finished 17th on that list. We'll be keeping a close eye on this backfield over the next couple of weeks. But, for now, both Henderson and Michel look like risk/reward RB3 targets in fantasy drafts.

The Patriots traded RB Sony Michel to the Rams in exchange for a pair of late-round conditional picks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Rams always seemed likely to add to the backfield after losing Cam Akers for the season. Even if they believe in RB Darrell Henderson, the depth behind him wasn't NFL-caliber. Henderson still figures to get the 1st crack at lead duties in Los Angeles. But expect Michel to be involved, potentially serving as a short-yardage and goal-line back. Michel ripped off 5.7 yards per carry last year and has looked good this preseason. Rams RBs Xavier Jones and Jake Funk are obviously undraftable now. Meanwhile in New England, Damien Harris is now even safer as the clear lead ball-carrier -- although he'll continue to lose almost all the passing-down work to James White. Michel's departure also makes rookie Rhamondre Stevenson a more interesting late-round flier.

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