Rams rookie Bruss out for season; Tremendous Bowl starter waived

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rams rookie offensive lineman Logan Bruss is out for the season after tearing ligaments in his proper knee throughout Los Angeles’ second preseason sport.

The Rams on Saturday additionally waived tight finish Kendall Blanton, a Tremendous Bowl starter who made a number of large postseason receptions throughout their run to a championship.

Coach Sean McVay stated Bruss tore his ACL and MCL throughout Los Angeles’ 24-20 loss to Houston on Friday night time.

“It is an actual disgrace for a child that is labored actually exhausting and places rather a lot into this sport,” McVay stated. “We clearly drafted him with confidence that he may very well be a man that might probably contribute for us this yr.”

The third-round choice out of Wisconsin was the Rams’ highest draft selection final spring, however Bruss was more likely to play a backup position this season. He started coaching camp in competitors for the beginning spot at proper guard vacated by Austin Corbett’s free-agent departure for Carolina, however veteran Coleman Shelton had primarily secured the job even earlier than Bruss’ harm.

“I am actually happy with the ascension of Coleman Shelton, exhibiting what sort of participant he actually is, the place he can actually play any of these three inside spots,” McVay stated. “He is performed rather well on the proper guard spot.”

McVay additionally stated rookie linebacker Daniel Hardy has a excessive ankle sprain that may drive him to start out the season on injured reserve. Hardy was a seventh-round choice out of Montana State.

The Rams trimmed their roster on Saturday, three days forward of the NFL deadline to achieve the 80-player restrict. Together with Blanton, the Rams waived working backs Raymond Calais and AJ Rose, defensive again Jairon McVea and receiver JJ Koski.

Blanton’s departure was a gentle shock although he had simply 4 profession receptions for the Rams, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He stepped up within the postseason, catching a 7-yard TD move in Los Angeles’ street win over Tampa Bay earlier than making 5 catches for 57 yards within the NFC title sport in opposition to San Francisco.

Blanton then began the Tremendous Bowl with first-stringer Tyler Higbee sidelined by an harm, however he did not make a catch within the Rams’ 23-20 victory.

Blanton’s early departure might give him extra time to discover a new group in time to swimsuit up for the third preseason sport, McVay stated. The Rams have already got Higbee and Brycen Hopkins at tight finish, whereas Jacob Harris can nonetheless play the place although he has moved to receiver.

McVay rejected the concept Blanton was lower as a result of the Rams intend to maintain eight receivers primarily based on a number of gamers’ versatility and the emergence of undrafted rookie receiver Lance McCutcheon, who has 10 catches for 183 yards and two TDs in two preseason video games.

“I like Kendall and I am very appreciative of the time we had collectively, but it surely was primarily based on the analysis of what we have seen,” McVay stated. “It was a soccer choice because it pertains to the tight ends. Did not have something to do with the huge receivers or some other spot.”

Calais was waived someday after he rushed 4 instances for 14 yards behind the Rams’ second-string offensive line in opposition to the Texans. Calais returned kickoffs as a rookie in 2020, however he missed final season with an harm and by no means acquired a regular-season carry for the Rams regardless of spectacular athleticism and velocity.

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