How many Pro Bowl players can an already bad NFL team lose to injury before they simply give up?
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Los Angeles Rams are evaluating defensive tackle Aaron Donald for a high ankle sprain. There is no word on how the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winner suffered the injury. He played 79% of the defensive snaps in the 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, recording three tackles and a quarterback hit.
#Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters that DT Aaron Donald is being evaluated for a high-ankle sprain, based on info from his medical staff.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2022
The hits just keep on coming for the defending Super Bowl champions, who are now 3-8. Super Bowl MVP wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a high ankle sprain earlier in November. Quarterback Matthew Stafford missed the Chiefs game with a strained neck, following in the wake of two recent stints in the concussion protocol. He may miss the rest of the season.
Donald has not missed a game due to injury in his nine-season career, an incredible feat playing the physical position he does at such a high level.
So that’s three former Pro Bowl players sidelined by injury for a team that struggled, even with them on the field. This is certainly a bleak season in the City of Angels.
“You know we are trying to compete, get the results that we want,” head coach Sean McVay told reporters (via Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register). “But man, it’s certainly been something that I don’t think anybody could have ever predicted. When it rains, it pours.”
Some fans sympathized with the Rams’ plight, but there were some haters, too.
Aaron Donald is injured… i don’t know what to do anymore. this is black magic man end our suffering pleaseeee
— Spirit (@BOOK1Rx4ULLER) November 28, 2022
Do you think Aaron Donald is wondering why he didn't retire at the end of last season after all? It's been one of those years for the Rams. Nobody knows if they're good cos half the team is always injured pic.twitter.com/MtVGs8Bzse
— Rhys Knott (@buck_mitchell) November 27, 2022
yeah, uh huh, full tank mode
— grant (@gchurchilli) November 28, 2022
Lol Rams aren’t winning another game
— ball knower (@TheCadeEra) November 28, 2022
— Karlo B. 🥶 (@KMAC_LA) November 29, 2022