The Rams have ruled CB Jalen Ramsey (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Fellow outside starting CB Troy Hill (thumb) is doubtful after missing last week following surgery on a fractured thumb. That will leave L.A. without both starting outside corners, which obviously helps the matchup for Kyler Murray and his WRs. Unfortunately for Murray, the rookie QB is dealing with his own hamstring injury that has him questionable. The Arizona passing game still looks risky for fantasy.
The Rams on Wednesday placed S John Johnson on IR with a left shoulder injury he suffered in the Week 6 loss to the 49ers. HC Sean McVay said earlier this week that Marqui Christian would start in Johnson's place if the injury cost him games. We might also see more playing time for rookie Taylor Rapp, who has been working in a hybrid safety-LB role. Johnson technically has time to make it back for the end of the regular season if he's designated to return, but you should go ahead and drop him from IDP redraft rosters -- unless there's a free IR slot.
Rams S John Johnson hurt his right shoulder in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. He returned to the game but later left again and was ruled out. We'll see about Johnson's status heading into the Week 7 meeting with Atlanta.
Rams DE Aaron Donald left Sunday's game against the Saints with a back injury. He is a questionable to return.
Update: Donald returned in the 2nd quarter.
Rams S Eric Weddle suffered a head laceration against the Panthers and is officially doubtful to return. We'll see about his status heading into Week 2.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Rams LB Mark Barron is expected to start today against the Seahawks. Barron missed the 1st 4 games while dealing with an Achilles' injury. Rams DC Wade Phillips said early in the week that he expects to watch Barron through the game to determine how many snaps he can handle. IDP owners would probably be best off waiting to use Barron in lineups.
The Rams lost CB Marcus Peters and CB Aqib Talib to injuries in Sunday's win over the Chargers. We'll see about the status of each starter this week, but a quick turnaround to play the Vikings on Thursday night won't help them.
Update: Peters is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a calf strain, according to Ian Rapoport. Talib is having surgery on a high left ankle sprain.
Rams ILB Mark Barron missed practice Thursday and said he's "not certain" whether he'll be ready to play Monday night, according to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register. Barron is listed with an ankle injury, but Hammond tweeted that Barron's "still coming back from injuries." He participated little in training-camp practices and sat out the preseason. We saw Barron put in limited practice work all last year, too, but he would play full time on Sundays. We'll see where this situation goes, but you're best off going in another direction for your Week 1 IDP lineup. Corps mate Corey Littleton gets an upside boost if Barron sits out. Ramik Wilson would likely start in Barron's place after filling in during the preseason.
Rams S Lamarcus Joyner will sign his franchise tender Monday and begin offseason training with his teammates, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. In his 1st season as a full-time starter, Joyner finished 2017 as Pro Football Focus' #3 graded safety, despite losing 3 early games to a hamstring injury. He snagged 3 INTs and defensed 9 passes. Joyner spent much of his 1st 3 seasons at CB, including extensive work in the slot. IDP owners should keep an eye on him in DB2 range come draft time this summer.
Rams OLB Robert Quinn sat out team drills at minicamp this week with a cast on his right hand following minor surgery, according to multiple reports. HC Sean McVay said Quinn will be ready for training camp, and this injury could certainly prove to be no big deal. But he has lost time to knee, hip, back and shoulder injuries over the past 2 years. Quinn needs to get and stay healthy and then prove he remains 1 of the league's top pass rushers. If he does so this summer, he'll hold plenty of upside in sack-friendly IDP leagues -- despite a move from DE to OLB. If he doesn't, a potentially solid Rams D might suffer.
Rams DE Robert Quinn is out for more than just tonight's game against the Seahawks. Los Angeles has placed him on IR with the concussion that cost him the previous 2 games. Quinn has dealt with multiple injuries this year, though, dating back to offseason back surgery. As IDP owners, let's hope his 2017 offseason -- and ensuing regular season -- proves healthier.
Rams DEs Robert Quinn and William Hayes are active for today's game against the Giants in London. Hayes returned last week from his ankle injury, but this will be the 1st game back for Quinn after 2 weeks down with a shoulder injury. He'll still carry attractive upside against a Giants offense with issues at OT. The Rams will miss DT Michael Brockers again, however, after he returned for Week 6.
Rams DEs Robert Quinn (shoulder) and William Hayes (ankle) are questionable once again for Sunday's game against the Giants. Both put in full practices Friday, however, and seem likely to play. Hayes returned from his injury last week. Quinn was said to be on track to play but was inactive at Detroit. Having both would help an upside team D in fantasy football, while a healthy Quinn delivers his own high ceiling for IDP owners.
Well, forget about that positive report on Rams DE Robert Quinn. He's inactive for today's game against the Lions with the shoulder injury that kept him out in Week 5. DE William Hayes (ankle) is active, however, as is DT Michael Brockers. The Rams still look like a risky team-D play without their top pass rusher, though.
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