L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay announced on Saturday that defensive tackle Aaron Donald would not play in Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Since Donald hurt his ankle in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs, he has not played for the team. A week ago, McVay said that the Rams were “taking it a week at a time” with Donald’s recovery from a high ankle sprain.
Donald has racked up five sacks, ten tackles for a loss, eleven quarterback hits, and a forced fumble in 11 games so far this season.
The Rams will also be without quarterback John Wolford, defensive lineman Marquise Copeland, linebacker Travin Howard, and cornerback David Long Jr. on Monday night. The status of Center Brian Allen (is questionable) on the injury report.
Due to Wolford’s absence, the Rams will be using both Baker Mayfield and Bryce Perkins as their active quarterbacks.
Romeo Doubs, Wide Receiver For The Packers, Is Expected To Return This Week Against The Rams
Although the Packers have not officially announced it, receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) is expected to make his return Monday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
Green Bay’s David Bakhtiari (illness/abdomen) is out, and Aaron Donald (ankle), an All-Pro defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, will sit out for a fourth straight game.
Since he hurt his ankle on the first play of the season on November 6 against the Detroit Lions, Doubs hasn’t played, despite taking part in every aspect of practice this week. While the rookie receiver, who was selected in the fourth round, was close to making his season debut in Chicago, coach Joe Doubs and the team ultimately decided that he would benefit more from taking advantage of the bye week to get 100 percent healthy.
With Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Christian Watson, Sammy Watkins, and Doubs all healthy and available, this is the first week since Week 2 in which the Packers have had all five of their top receivers healthy and available.
Doubs said on Monday that he benefited from sitting out the Bears game because he was able to use the bye week to get his ankle healthy again.
On Saturday morning, head coach Matt LaFleur announced that Bakhtiari, a five-time All-Pro left tackle, would not be playing due to an emergency appendectomy he underwent recently. Bakhtiari’s play against the Rams will most likely feature rookie Zach Tom in the starting lineup.
LaFleur remarked, “It’s unfortunate, but I’m glad we caught it in time.” “It’s something he’ll have to work through, and something we all will have to deal with as a result.”
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Other Packers players who are expected to play despite not having a game status announced include quarterback Aaron Rodgers (right thumb/ribs), running back Aaron Jones (ankle), linebackers Krys Barnes (hand) and Kingsley Enagbare (knee), safeties Rudy Ford (wrist) and Darnell Savage (foot), guard/tackle Elgton Jenkins (knee), and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) (veteran rest).
Since Donald hurt his ankle in a loss to Kansas City by a score of 26-10 on November 27, he has been held out of action. Three times a winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, this season he has 49 tackles and five sacks in 11 games.
The anticipation of facing Donald is shared by all, according to guard Jon Runyan. “When we played each other last year, I was really looking forward to it. There’s a lot of reverence for him in my heart. He plays at a phenomenal level. When he’s not around, it won’t be because I miss him. One of life’s little mysteries, I guess. That he recovers quickly and completely.”
The defense played exceptionally well against the Chiefs, limiting them to 26 points and forcing them to settle for one touchdown and four field goals in six red-zone trips. Prior to this game, Kansas City’s offense had scored touchdowns on more than 72% of its red-zone trips. In the final period, the Chiefs ran 17 red-zone plays but failed to score a touchdown.
The offense line needs a backup that is no longer on the roster due to injuries. A.J. Arcuri, a seventh-round draught pick, made his NFL debut at left tackle for the Rams this season and struggled mightily against the Chiefs’ rush in his first game action.
Veteran free agent addition Matt Skura struggled mightily at left guard after being brought in midway through the season. The Rams’ offensive line is crucial to the team’s success, and McVay has mentioned that center Brian Allen has a chance to return from a thumb injury this week.
McVay joked that he would be “limited for the rest of the week” after being hit in the face and shoulder by rookie tight end Roger Carter, who was making his NFL debut and running onto the field from the blind side. McVay said of him, “He’s a great kid.” He didn’t intend to. I was the recipient of his apologies. The slow motion makes it look much worse than it actually was.
LB Terrell Lewis’s mobility was limited by a bulging disc in his back, which was aggravated in the game against the Chiefs. Lance McCutcheon, a rookie wide receiver, sprained a ligament in his knee.