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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Idol Rams are winners as Jalen Ramsey returns, Cardinals fall

Ram didn’t play any game on Sunday but it looked like he won anyway.

When the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals lost 30–12 to Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions, they got a boost if they were in a position to go into a tie for the division lead at 10–4 after beating the Seattle Seahawks. Game rescheduled for Tuesday.

Closer to home, their COVID-19 reserve list shrank as All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey was activated with practice-team defensive back Grant Haley, while not having any Rams on the list for the first time in more than a week. Was placed.

Coach Sean McVay said some of the 23 rams still on the COVID list are “moving in the right direction” and the Seahawks may submit negative tests necessary to be active before games.

Back on practice for the second day in a row, Rams players and coaches were starting to talk about the bright sides of the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced the closure of their training facility and four more days of practice after last Monday’s win in Arizona. Personal meetings stopped.

“It’s (brought) us together,” said defensive tackle Aaron Donald. “When things are going well, people can easily come to one page. But when things are going wrong, that’s when you know what kind of team you have.”

In other words, being set aside for most of the week by the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol could bring the Rams closer.

The theory that the team’s COVID-19 adversity is an uninvited confinement exercise was first proposed by quarterback Matthew Stafford after the victory over the Cardinals.

This is not just wishful thinking, Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris said on Sunday.

“The resilience of this team, the ability to flow with the ups and downs, I’m really impressed with here,” Morris said. “I love the ability to bounce (through) anything.”

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp said reduced game prep to talk X and O in a Zoom meeting from Tuesday to Friday led to a higher than normal premium on communication.

“(There’s) a big emphasis on collaboration when you can’t physically be together,” said the NFL’s leading pass receiver.

Then there’s the potential team-building effect in the fact that more than usual the Rams had a chance to contribute when the team’s first wave of COVID-19 positives kept Ramsey and four other key players out of the Arizona game.

Rams players saw another advantage in last week’s turmoil: they had some undetermined, late rest days.

“It was a short goodbye week,” Donald said. “You have to be off your feet, get a little more rest, take the aches and pains off your body a little more. I think it helped us… health-wise.”

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Speaking on Zoom from his office, McVay said he has seen the Cardinals-Lions score.

“It all becomes irrelevant if we don’t take care of business,” McVay said of the fruitful outcome.

The Rams will have to do more than tie Arizona on victory and defeat because the tiebreakers used to determine the division champion are working against them.

McVay’s delight was less restrained at word that Ramsey would be available on Tuesday, when the Rams (9-4) and Seahawks (5-8) begin at 4 p.m. at Sophie Stadium.

“It’s a big deal for us,” McVay said. “I was overjoyed when I got the call that it was cleared.”

Coaches have to work out their game plans without knowing what players they will have.

But at least after the activations of Darrell Henderson and Odell Beckham Jr. over the past two days, they know they’ll have a full team of running backs and wide receivers.

If safety Jordan Fuller doesn’t come off the COVID list in time, the Rams’ defensive signal-caller is likely to be rookie linebacker Ernest Jones.

Lots of movement at the bottom of the roster, with four players called up to the 53-man active roster and three free agents signed to replace him in the practice squad, a sign that the Rams hope to test their depth. is, even as their COVID list shrinks.

Another bright side to all of this: “I’ve met a few guys this week,” Morris said.

notes

In the spirit of “other than that, Mrs Lincoln”: COVID-19 cases aside, the Rams did not list any players missing practice with injuries on Sunday. Injury reports showed Aaron Donald (knee), center Brian Allen (knee) and defensive lineman Greg Gaines (arm) as full participants. …running back Jake Funk returned to practice, and Sean McVay said he expected the rookie to remain active Tuesday after eight games on injured reserve with a hamstring tear. … Defensive backs Karim Orr and Damarius Randall were activated from the practice squad. ,

The Seahawks placed six players on the COVID-19 list on Sunday, including cornerback DJ Reed and right tackle Brandon Schell. Seattle leading rusher Alex Collins and leading receiver Tyler Lockett are among the eight Seahawks on the list. … Rams kept the media out of his facility on Saturday and Sunday, even as the team resumed practice, saying this is because those sessions do not include individual drills that are required to be watched by journalists. is allowed. … As of Sunday, the Rams had not said whether any coaches had tested positive for the virus.

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