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The Los Angeles Rams moved Dominique Easley to outside linebacker

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during training camp partly with the hope of minimizing the risks to his frequently injured knees.It didn't work.Easley underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Monday http://www.authenticslosangelesrams.com/cheap-rodger-saffold-jersey , his fourth major knee surgery since 2011.Rams coach Sean McVay expects Easley will be placed on injured reserve. With cornerback Aqib Talib and return specialist Pharoh Cooper likely to be activated off injured reserve later this season, the designation would almost certainly end Easley's fourth season in the league and second season with the Rams.Easley sustained his latest knee injury in the Rams' 35-23 win over the Chargers in Week 3. He had four tackles in three games this season after missing the entire 2017 season because of a torn ACL in his right knee that he sustained in training camp last year."It's kind of a matter of time before something happens," outside linebacker Matt Longacre said. "I had back surgery. Everybody here has had something. There's just nothing you can do about it."Easley's history of knee injuries dates back to his college career at Florida. He tore the ACL in his left knee as a sophomore in 2011, and sustained a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee as a senior in 2013 but was still drafted 29th overall in the first round by New England in 2014."This poor guy, I couldn't be more impressed with just the toughness, how resilient he has been fighting through so many different things with this knee," McVay said. "Really, it's upsetting because of how many things he has had to go through and what a great job he has done persevering to even get to the point where he is playing this year."The Rams had been dealing with limited depth and experience at edge rusher, and the loss of Easley will put rookie defensive end John Franklin-Myers and linebacker Trevon Young in line for larger roles. Easley, who has 6 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 41 career games, moved to linebacker after projected starter Morgan Fox sustained a knee injury during organized team activities in May.Franklin-Myers recorded his first career sack against Minnesota last Thursday, stripping Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth quarter to secure the Rams' 38-31 win. A fourth-round draft pick from Setphen F. Austin White Ramik Wilson Jersey , he played 47 percent of the defensive sacks against Minnesota and showed an ability to create pressure."That's what he has shown in practice," said Longacre, who had been rotating with Easley. "I think he led the team in sacks when we charted 'em in camp, so we know what he can do and it's starting to click for him."Young was active for the first time against Minnesota with Easley out. Though Young did not record a tackle, Longacre has been impressed with the progress shown by the sixth-round draft pick from Louisville."He caught some of those later reps in games and stuff like that, but he played really well. We're obviously going to lean on him now, too," Longacre said. "It's nice to where the two guys that are going to have those big roles, we got the utmost confidence in them."The Rams could also find different ways to use their starting defensive line of Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers. Suh played defensive end next to Donald during obvious passing situations in the fourth quarter against Minnesota, an alignment that helped him get his first sack."I enjoy being able to be moved around," Suh said. "Being able to play end, tackle Todd Gurley II Jersey , nose, anything I'm asked to do. I'll stand up in a linebacker position if I can, which I have done before, but whatever they need of me I'm happy to do."NOTES: K Greg Zuerlein (groin) went through a workout Sunday. McVay said there is a possibility Zuerlein could be available to play at Seattle on Sunday. . LG Rodger Saffold, TE Tyler Higbee (knee) and CB Marcus Peters (calf) did not participate in practice Monday.Three Los Angeles Rams who made a case to move up the depth chart on Saturday against the Texans Los Angeles Rams’ head coach Sean McVay hasn’t called upon his starters in the 2018 preseason. Regardless of whether it will ultimately be deemed right or wrong in the eyes of the fans, it’s what he thinks is best – in both the short and long term. And it’s hard to question his approach, considering the amount of injuries piling up for other teams this preseason.In doing so, it’s also allowed McVay and his staff to get a longer look at some of the young players on the roster; many of whom will be released as they whittle down their roster (to 53) prior to the September 1 deadline. Extended playing time in the absence of the starters has afforded a few players not only the opportunity to earn themselves a spot on the final roster, but potentially shake up the depth chart. Here are three players who made their case against the Texans on Saturday: John KellyKelly received plenty of deserved pre- and post-draft praise for his tough, down-field running style. But 6th round picks aren’t guaranteed roster spots, and it made sense to figure him into a roster battle at RB3 - behind Malcolm Brown - with 2017 undrafted free agent running back Justin Davis. Kelly looked excellent in action against the Texans on Saturday afternoon, carrying the ball 15 times for 64 yards (4.3 ypc) and a score. He showed great quickness, shiftiness in the open field Authentic Dominique Easley Jersey , and consistently churned out extra yards after contact. Kelly has been the most impressive running back for the Rams all preseason, and appears to have made a strong case for the Rams to make him Todd Gurley’s primary backup. Brandon AllenAllen looked sharp in limited action on Saturday, and proved especially efficient early in the third quarter. Coming out of the locker room at halftime, Allen lead the team down the field with a 19-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a John Kelly touchdown. He made a great play with his legs late in the drive when, on 3rd and 6, the pocket broke down and he was able to escape for a run of 10 yards. That series took more than 12 minutes off the clock in the 3rd quarter. Allen’s competition at this point is Rams’ backup QB Sean Mannion, who hasn’t done himself any favors this preseason. After a sluggish start (0-5 with an interception) to yesterday’s game, Mannion settled in a bit, completing 11 of his next 12, finishing the game with 68 yards (4.0 yards per attempt). It’ll be very interesting to see how this roster battle shakes out, and the coaching staff have one week of preseason play remaining to make the determination on who will ultimately be their QB2. A strong showing from Mannion against the Saints could solidify his role as Goff’s backup. Any struggles could make their decision to move forward with Allen, or other options that may come available Youth Marcus Peters Jersey , that much easier. KhaDarel HodgeBrandin Cooks, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp watched the game wearing the exact same thing you did yesterday. There is absolutely nothing that Hodge, or any other Rams’ receiver, can do to threaten their jobs as starters.Pharoh Cooper is a stud special teams player, so he’s a lock. And Josh Reynolds, a 4th round pick from 2017, is likely to stick.Hodge scored the Rams’ first touchdown of the preseason (watch). He went up over a defender in last week’s game against Oakland, hauling in a 47 yard reception (watch). He also had this beautiful toe-tap catch against the Raiders (watch). He got the start on Saturday vs. the Texans, and hauled in three catches for 22 yards. He has abs (look!). He’s really stood out in the receiver group and put together a very strong preseason campaign. He leads all Rams’ receivers through three weeks of play, having caught 7 passes for 93 yards. He’s a likely practice squad stash, but I’d be curious to know if he’s turned enough heads for consideration as the team’s WR6; which presumably belongs to Mike Thomas.


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