Brian Allen out for season; Rob Havenstein, Brandin Cooks out this week

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This does not seem to be the Rams’ year.

A season after going to the Super Bowl, the Rams are 5-4 and in third place in the NFC West. And the injuries just keep coming.

Rams coach Sean McVay announced Monday that starting center Brian Allen will end his season on injured reserve.

Allen injured his medial collateral ligament Sunday, playing only 13 snaps.

The Rams also will have to play without right tackle Rob Havenstein for a couple of weeks. Havenstein injured his meniscus, leaving after 64 snaps.

McVay said the Rams are examining all of their options in the offensive line. Austin Blythe will start at center.

“We’re working through some of those things,” McVay said. “I think you got a chance to evaluate some guys yesterday, just based on the way the nature of the game went. I thought Austin Blythe did a nice job at center. He’ll step into that position. Austin Corbett did some really good things at that left guard spot. Then I thought – before he ended up having to transition out to the tackle spot – David Edwards did a nice job at right guard. As far as the tackle position – exactly how we fill that void from Rob – you could look at Bobby Evans, some other options. We’re working through those things right now.”

Receiver Brandin Cooks also won’t play this week, with the Rams already ruling him out. However, Cooks is taking steps forward in his return from another concussion.

“He’s feeling good, asymptomatic,” McVay said. “Everything is really in good shape with him right now, but he will miss this week again and then we’ll reevaluate the following week.”

3 responses to “Brian Allen out for season; Rob Havenstein, Brandin Cooks out this week

  1. Put a fork in them their done. With Goof at the helm and no offensive line look out.
    $110 million guarantee, makes the money Sam Bradford stole from the Ram’s look like a steal.

  2. It’s shocking how Les Snead could have badly underrated how important the offensive line is. Football is a game of the trenches. A great OL makes the so-called skill players look even better, and an awful OL does the opposite. It doesn’t help that the Rams’ skill players have taken a big step back this year. Gurley will never again be a major contributor; Goff has regressed badly; Brandin Cooks is out, and he’ll have to hang up his cleats after the next big hit. The Rams’ defense and special teams are fine, but with a now-awful offense, they have no chance this year.

  3. when you go two years with all 5 guys getting 16 starts just the law of averages tells you things will change…lets see what the young guys have, not that they have a choice…

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