The Los Angeles Rams announced that guard David Edwards has been designated to return to from injured reserve.
In a corresponding move, the Rams also announced that offensive linemen Chandler Brewer and Alaric Jackson, as well as Cooper Kupp, have been moved to injured reserve.
Edwards was placed on IR after suffering a concussion in Week 5, but Los Angeles now has 21 days to activate him from the list. With Edwards out, the Rams were forced to utilize a host of replacement guards who have underwhelmed.
If Edwards is able to return, it’ll provide some familiarity and experience for the offensive line though losing Brewer and Jackson severely hampers their depth. It’s no secret that the o-line has been the weakest part of the offense during the 2022 season, so head coach Sean McVay and the coaching staff will face another tough challenge of trying to find players to come in and make an impact in the trenches.
Jackson will be out for the remainder of the 2022 season due to blood clots, while Brewer played through a Grade 3 MCL injury that will require surgery. He is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.
The injuries along the offensive line have been brutal to say the least, but losing Kupp to a high-ankle sprain feels like the final nail in the coffin for the Rams. Kupp will miss a minimum of four games and even if he’s able to return sooner rather than later Los Angeles might be better served shutting him down for the rest of the year to avoid re-injury.
It’s been a disappointing Super Bowl defense for the reigning champions, but hopefully they can close out the year on a high note.