Edge rusher, Robert Quinn, is doubtful for the game with an illness. Quinn didn’t practice the whole week and is most likely not going to play. Matt Longacre would most likely be the one to take over Quinn’s spot. Longacre has been playing quite well in his limited playing time unlike Quinn who has struggled this year. If Longacre performs well in an increased role he may earn even more playing time, as Quinn’s performance has been a liability at times.
Also on the report is the tight end, Derek Carrier. Carrier is doubtful with a hamstring injury as he hasn’t practiced the whole week. Carrier hasn’t done much this season and won’t change much of the Rams game plan. He mostly operates as a blocking tight end when he sees the field and has only hauled in a few passes this year for a minimal gain.
Malcolm Brown is out for the game with a knee injury. Brown hasn’t practiced all week after he sprained his MCL in the second half of the Rams win over the Giants. Brown is looking like he won’t be getting back to the field for a while. Brown’s absence is likely to open up a few snaps for either Justin Davis or Lance Dunbar. Dunbar will be active for the first time all season after returning from the PUP list recently. The veteran running back has struggled with injuries the past few seasons and it is yet to be determined what exactly he has to offer to this Rams team.
The Rams injury report is bigger than someone other weeks this season, but it is still quite manageable, as they have not lost players who play huge roles. Only Sunday’s game will tell exactly how the team manages these injuries, but it may be a good opportunity for the Rams to find out what they have in Dunbar.