The Los Angeles Rams are coming off of a much-needed bye week after two consecutive blowout losses to the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. In their most recent loss, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd suffered a concussion that knocked him out of the game.
While concussions are never positive, the silver lining is that it occurred the game before a bye week, allowing Floyd nearly two weeks to recover before having to take the field again. Players who suffer concussions are usually forced to miss at least one week of action, meaning Floyd likely would have missed a potential Week 11 game.
With the Rams gearing up for their big week 12 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, it appears Floyd will be back in the mix should all go according to plan during the week of practice, according to Stu Jackson of TheRams.com:
Rams head coach Sean McVay on Monday said outside linebacker Leonard Floyd sustained a concussion against the 49ers in Week 10, but it shouldn’t affect Floyd’s status for this week’s game against the Packers.
McVay during that video conference with reporters confirmed Floyd is in concussion protocol. A team spokesperson also on the video conference said Floyd is at the stage of protocol where he has to practice to get up to speed before practicing in a limited capacity and then in a full capacity.
“He’s feeling good, he’s asymptomatic,” McVay said of Floyd.
Floyd being able to play would be massive for a Rams defense that faces perhaps its biggest test of the season. The Packers are one of the league’s best offenses, and they could be in line to get running back Aaron Jones healthy prior to Sunday.
The Rams are fortunate in their ability to deploy some of the league’s most talented defensive players each and every week, and Floyd is a big part of that equation. With a little less than a week until game day, there’s hope they’ll have their linebacker ready to go.
Von Miller feels bye week will benefit him
The newest Rams defensive star Von Miller is also using the bye week to his advantage. After a difficult debut with the team against the 49ers, he’s hoping the bye week will give him the time he needs to get up to speed with the Rams’ defense.
Having Floyd back in the lineup would be even better, as he’s just another player that can help Miller get comfortable ahead of a playoff run.