Week Six Injury Report: Rams At Giants
The Los Angeles Rams will be at MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants on Sunday. The Rams look to continue their winning ways in hopes of remaining in the hunt for the NFC West throne. Meanwhile, the Giants are trying to squeak out a win in hopes of righting the ship. The Rams are heavy favorites in this one but as we’ve learned before, nothing is easy in the NFL. Let’s look at the injury report for both teams headed into this game.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are yet again fairly clean on this week’s injury report. Aaron Donald was limited this week with a knee injury but is expected to play. Thankfully, the training staff continues to do a good job of avoiding injuries and managing injuries very well. However, there is one player to discuss this week.
Darious Williams has been nothing short of spectacular for most of his time with the Rams. Once an afterthought who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens, Williams has blossomed into a very good cornerback. He hasn’t been having quite the same success as he did in 2020 but he remains an important piece of this defense. Unfortunately, he suffered an ankle sprain against the Seattle Seahawks and was placed on short-term injured reserve.
He is expected to return in a few weeks. Meanwhile, in his place will likely be David Long and Robert Rochell who have both had some recent struggles and have given up some explosive plays. While it isn’t ideal to lose your number two cornerback, Long and Rochell have had their share of good moments as well.
New York Giants
The Giants have a host of players unavailable due to injured reserve. On the short-term is Cam Brown, T.J. Brunson, Nick Gates, Justin Hilliard, Rysen John, Joshua Kalu, Shane Lemieux, Kyle Murphy, Elerson Smith, Levine Toilolo, Rodarius Williams, Blake Martinez, and Quincy Wilson are all on injured reserve. Aaron Robinson is on the physically unable to perform list. Martinez is probably their biggest loss out of those listed. Let’s take a look at the updated injury report for the Giants going into this game.
Saquon Barkley is the engine to the Giants’ offense. He will miss some time with an ankle injury. Without him, they are sputtering just to get to the side of the road for the tow truck. Barkley is a very good running back. The next man up is Devontae Booker who is averaging 2.8 yards per carry. Without Barkley, the Giants are all but one-dimensional.
Kenny Golladay is the Giants’ most proven receiver. Now he is out with a knee injury. He is a big target who can go deep. This is bad news for a team that just became one-dimensional. Golladay definitely would have had a chance to challenge the Rams’ defense. Instead, he will be rooting for the rest of the Giants’ receivers.
Darius Slayton is listed as questionable after being limited all week with a hamstring injury. It sounds like he will play but hamstrings can be fickle. He missed time already this season due to the injury. At the very least, he likely won’t be at full strength on Sunday which is worrisome for a receiving corps already missing another player.
Kadarius Toney has played very well the last two weeks. He has been limited this week with an ankle injury. He likely will play although he is listed as questionable. Toney presents a speedy option for the Giants. However, they may be limited slightly due to the ankle. Daniel Jones will have a tough time if he is missing Toney as well as others.
Andrew Thomas is the Giants starting left tackle. He was a high draft pick who struggled as a rookie. Now in his sophomore season, he has clearly improved. Thomas has a foot injury and did not participate Wednesday and was limited the rest of the week. He is currently listed as questionable. Meanwhile, the Giants already don’t have the best offensive line. If they have to play reserves against the Rams who rank second in total pressures, Jones will be struggling.
Ben Bredeson is the Giants starting left guard. He is questionable this week due to a hand injury. He was limited all week. My guess is that he plays but if not, that is again a tough loss for a struggling offensive line.