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T.J. McDonald Injury Updates

Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (knee, ankle) is active for today's game against the Jaguars after arriving "questionable." He's fine for normal IDP usage in a strong scoring matchup. S T.J. McDonald is inactive, as expected. His ankle injury had him doubtful.

Dolphins S T.J. McDonald is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of an ankle injury. He played through it last week after limited practices and a "questionable" tag, missing just 3 snaps of the lopsided loss to the Vikings. But the issue evidently got worse. McDonald missed practice every day this week. CB Xavien Howard (knee) is questionable for the game after managing limited practices all week. He sat out the past 2 games. Howard would be a low-floor IDP against the Jags if active.

Rams HC Jeff Fisher announced Wednesday that DE Robert Quinn and S T.J. McDonald will have season-ending surgeries, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Quinn needs an operation on his back, which has been a problem for much of the year. McDonald suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. He had reportedly also been playing through injury for most of the year. We'll check on both potential IDP studs heading into 2016. Neither leaves behind an impact replacement for your fantasy football lineup.

The Rams have deemed S T.J. McDonald and DE Robert Quinn questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. McDonald returned for a limited practice Friday from a foot injury he suffered in practice the week before. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, McDonald lobbied coaches to let him play in Week 9. It didn't work, but there might be reason for optimism this week. Quinn also put in limited practices the past 2 days after missing Week 9 with a knee injury. We'll see if either is able to return Sunday. DE Chris Long will likely miss his 4th straight game. He's doubtful with a knee injury, leaving DE William Hayes to start again.

The Rams have ruled out DE Chris Long once again with the knee injury he suffered back in Week 5. This will mark his 3rd straight game out. That'll clear the way for William Hayes to start again at left DE, assuming he's ready to go. Hayes is questionable again with a thigh injury that he played through last week. He missed Wednesday and Thursday workouts but returned for a limited Friday practice. We'll check his Sunday status. DE Robert Quinn is also questionable with the same knee injury that made him questionable last week. He played through it last week but put in a full practice Friday after sitting out the 1st 2 days. Quinn missed all 3 days this week. That makes him look more iffy for Sunday. Make sure you have a replacement available. S T.J. McDonald is questionable as well after missing practice all 3 days. You should not have him in your IDP plans. Quinn's situation hurts the upside for the team D a bit as well.

Rams S T.J. McDonald is active for the 2nd straight week.  He appeared questionable on the injury report with a shin issue.  The rookie returned to the lineup with 6 tackles (5 solo) against the Bears last week.  He's not much of an IDP option against the Niners today.
Rams rookie S T.J. McDonald landed on the IR-designated-to-return with a fracture in his lower right leg.  He suffered the injury in the Thursday night loss to the Niner and left the field on a cart.  It's a blow to an already struggling defense.  McDonald has shown promise, though he hasn't yet delivered enough IDP value to impact fantasy lineups too much.  Matt Giordano filled in Thursday night, with ex-starter Darian Stewart garnering just 7 snaps.
The Rams have named FS Rodney McLeod the starter over 4th-year veteran Darian Stewart.  The latter was expected to keep the job but struggled with injuries this preseason, as he has in past years.  McLeod didn't wow anyone but apparently did enough to claim the spot even if Stewart gets back to full health.  We wouldn't recommend drafting either for your IDP fantasy football squad.  The shakiness of that spot could give a slight boost to the tackle upside on rookie SS T.J. McDonald.

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