Player News - Rams

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Coach Sean McVay said K Greg Zuerlein (groin) will be out "at least a few weeks."

Zuerlein injured his groin at the end of pregame warmups ahead of Week 2. He's not going on I.R. for the time being, as the Rams will try to wait it out. Fantasy owners can cut bait though, unless your roster has an injury spot. Los Angeles brought back K Sam Ficken on Monday while Zuerlein is out.
Sep 17 - 8:03 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Greg Zuerlein (groin) is not expected to be placed on injured reserve.

The Rams did sign Sam Ficken, suggesting Zuerlein will miss at least a game, but it sounds like they will simply carry two kickers instead of sending Zuerlein to injured reserve. It remains unclear how long Zuerlein will sit after injuring his groin during pregame warmups on Sunday.
Sep 17 - 10:42 AM

Rams signed K Sam Ficken.

Ficken filled in for Greg Zuerlein at the end of 2017, and it looks like he will be asked to do the same this year after Zuerlein suffered a groin injury in pregame warmups prior to Week 2. Attached to one of the best offenses in the league, Ficken will be a viable streaming option if he gets the start.
Sep 17 - 10:38 AM

Malcolm Brown rushed 12 times for 46 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Cardinals.

Todd Gurley was dealing with cramps, so Brown got all the work in the fourth quarter. He played well and seems like he would be a reliable starter if something were to happen to Gurley. The Rams also have rookie John Kelly, who has been inactive the first two weeks.
Sep 16 - 7:22 PM

Tyler Higbee hauled in 1-of-2 targets for three yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Cardinals.

Gerald Everett also got his first catch of the season in this one, taking a late target 17 yards. Despite Sean McVay's history, the tight end position has simply not been a focal point of the Rams' passing game. Neither player is worth rostering in redraft formats.
Sep 16 - 7:12 PM

Cooper Kupp hauled in all six of his targets for 63 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Cardinals.

Even with Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods making plays, Kupp is not going anywhere. Despite not scoring, he saw a couple more opportunities in the red zone, and he got loose for a long gain in the middle of the field. He will be a back-end WR3 next week against the Chargers.
Sep 16 - 7:10 PM

Todd Gurley rushed 19 times for 42 yards and three touchdowns and caught all three of his targets for 31 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Cardinals.

Despite sitting out all of the fourth quarter due to cramps, Gurley did his fantasy backers right in the blowout win. He scored three times from short distance, and he backed up two of those scores with two-point conversions. Completely healthy -- Gurley was walking around the sidelines in the fourth and almost certainly would have reentered the game if not for the score -- Gurley will be the top overall running back option next week against the Chargers.
Sep 16 - 7:05 PM

Robert Woods hauled in 6-of-9 targets for 81 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Cardinals.

Woods did not take advantage of his opportunities in the opener, but he rectified the problem against the Cardinals. He caught three passes for 30 yards in the first quarter, and he kept making plays the rest of the way. His fantasy day could have been much better, but Jared Goff missed him when he was wide open in the end zone in the fourth. The Rams will have a tougher time with the Chargers next week, but Woods will still be a solid WR3.
Sep 16 - 7:01 PM

Brandin Cooks hauled in 7-of-9 targets for 159 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Cardinals.

Cooks seems to be perfectly comfortable in Los Angeles. After going for 87 yards in the season opener, he was even better in this game. He probably should have had a long touchdown, but Jared Goff underthrew him, forcing him to come back to the ball and the defender. Cooks made another big play in the fourth quarter, going high for a catch to convert a third down. The Rams should have a tougher time against the Chargers next week, but Cooks will be a top-20 option all season.
Sep 16 - 6:58 PM

Jared Goff completed 24-of-32 passes for 354 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Cardinals.

The only thing not to like about Goff’s performance was he only threw one touchdown. He probably should have had two more, but he underthrew Brandin Cooks, who had to come back to the ball and the defender, and missed a wide-open Robert Woods in the end zone. Neither play ultimately mattered in a game the Rams won going away. Goff might need to be sharper next week against the Chargers, though.
Sep 16 - 6:56 PM

Greg Zuerlein suffered a groin injury during warmups prior to the Rams' Week 2 matchup with the Cardinals.

He was ruled out after halftime. With Zuerlein out, the Rams decided to go for two following their opening touchdown in the second quarter. Johnny Hekker is handling kickoffs and would likely handle field goal duties if the Rams decide to try one.
Sep 16 - 4:45 PM

Rams declared RB John Kelly inactive for Week 2 against the Cardinals.

It is the second healthy scratch in a row for the rookie. Malcolm Brown looks like the handcuff to roster behind Todd Gurley.
Sep 16 - 2:38 PM

Rams declared LB Mark Barron (ankle) inactive for Week 2 against the Cardinals.

Barron was officially doubtful, so there was never much chance of him playing. The Rams also declared WR Mike Thomas (hip), RB John Kelly, DT Sebastian Joseph-Day, QB Brandon Allen, DT Tanzel Smart, and OLB Trevon Young inactive for Week 2.
Sep 16 - 2:36 PM

Rams LB Mark Barron (ankle) is doubtful for Week 2 against the Cardinals.

ILB Ramik Wilson and S Marqui Christian will split time in Barron’s stead for the second consecutive week. It's a terrific opportunity for Ricky Seals-Jones on the opposite side of the ball as Raiders TE Jared Cook recorded a ridiculous 9-180 receiving line against the Rams' interim LBs in Week 1. Barron should be considered week-to-week moving forward.
Sep 14 - 4:56 PM

Rams placed KR Pharoh Cooper (ankle) on injured reserve.

He'll miss at least eight weeks on IR but is a candidate to return this season. An All Pro returner, losing Cooper is a major special teams downgrade. The Rams may look to sign someone to replace Cooper.
Sep 12 - 4:57 PM


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