Rams Injury Update: Sean McVay Hopeful That Alaric Jackson Can Play In Week 4 Against Colts
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Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Alaric Jackson left Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals early due to a thigh/hamstring injury. It led to a difficult night for the entire Rams front unit, as Matthew Stafford was sacked six times in a 19-16 loss to the winless Bengals.

Rams head coach Sean McVay now has to formulate a game plan for if Jackson has to miss time. Zach Thomas is Jackson’s backup, and he clearly struggled against the Cincinnati defensive line. However, with some more time, he may have a stronger showing next game.

But McVay and the Rams are hopeful that it won’t have to come to that and that Jackson will be ready to go when the Rams face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, according to Stu Jackson of TheRams.com:

Rams head coach Sean McVay on Wednesday they are taking it a “day at a time” with offensive lineman Alaric Jackson (hamstring)’s status for Sunday’s game against the Colts (10 a.m. PT, FOX).

“He came in, he’s feeling good,” McVay said prior to Wednesday’s walkthrough, when asked if Jackson would be okay for Sunday’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis. “I know that’s what he’s hoping for and certainly we’re hoping for, too.”

If Jackson can go on Sunday, it would be a major benefit for the Rams in a winnable game. Even with Anthony Richardson figuring to return under center, the Colts are in a rebuilding situation and should present the Rams with a chance for a victory.

L.A. appears to be more competitive than their initial preseason prognosis, but they are still not one of the major Super Bowl contenders. This means they cannot afford to drop games against teams like the Colts if they want to make a surprise postseason run.

Even at less than 100%, Jackson should be able to hold down the fort and protect Stafford in the hopes of avoiding another six-sack game.

McVay may look at other offensive line configurations

If Jackson is unable to go on Sunday and the Rams determine that he could be out for extended time, McVay may take a look at moving some pieces around on the offensive line, including Thomas and Joseph Noteboom.

Noteboom has played left tackle for L.A. in the past so can easily slide over from right guard, where backup Tremayne Anchrum is much better suited to get snaps.