Originally published by RamsNewswire.com
The Los Angeles Rams got perhaps their most signature win of the season on Monday night, going out on the road and defeating the first-place Arizona Cardinals to keep themselves in the division race.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the win was that the Rams were severely short-handed after five key players in Jalen Ramsey, Darrell Henderson, Rob Havenstein, Dont’e Deayon and Tyler Higbee were placed in the league’s health and safety protocols due to positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.
The Rams got through the game and back to L.A. with a win, but the expectation was that there would be more positive tests following considering a lot of it happened just before the start of the game.
It appears that is the case as according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams were forced to shut down their practice facility on Tuesday morning:
Now due to COVID, the Rams have closed their training facility and have entered the NFL’s intensive protocols.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 14, 2021
According to NFL insider Josina Anderson, Odell Beckham Jr., who is coming off his best game with the Rams, is among the players that have tested positive:
I’m told #Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. has tested positive for COVID19, per league source.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 14, 2021
Beckham isn’t the only one as more positive tests are expected to follow, per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated:
Source: The Rams had several players who played in last night’s game come up positive for COVID-19 this morning (the tests were administered before the game). Beckham is one of those.
League is going to have to deal with these sorts of things the next couple months. https://t.co/EqhOH6CTvB
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 14, 2021
This is obviously unfortunate news for the Rams as they have a quick turnaround before hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
If all of these players are vaccinated, which is expected to be the case, then it’s possible some return in time for that game if they record multiple negative tests beforehand.
This week should be a difficult one for the Rams though as they may be forced to do everything virtually to avoid coming in contact with each other.
Hopefully the positive cases stop from here so the Rams avoid losing any more key players during this important stretch of the season.
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