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After Wrist Injury, Austin Returns for Day 1

Posted Jul 29, 2017

WR Tavon Austin was a full participant in the Rams' first 2017 training camp practice on Saturday afternoon.

When Tavon Austin underwent wrist surgery during the offseason program, the common refrain was the fifth-year wide receiver would recover in time for training camp.

That turned out to be true, as Austin was a full participant in the first session of the summer, making a number of receptions during the afternoon practice.

“It feels good getting my legs back together, catching a couple passes,” Austin said. “But it definitely does feel good to get out there.”

“I thought he looked good,” head coach Sean McVay said. “He’s working to get full range of motion on that wrist. But I thought he was out there competing, made some tough catches, and you like the way you see him finish on a consistent basis.”

Austin said he’s going to start out camp day-to-day when it comes to his status. But part of the reason he was able to be such a significant part of the first session was how fast his wrist healed from his procedure. Still, the wideout reiterated it will be up to McVay and head trainer Reggie Scott to determine if he’ll have any restrictions going forward.

“Might be on, might be off. So it is a day-to-day process,” Austin said.

Being the first day of camp, Austin said his adrenaline was running high enough so that the previous issues with his wrist didn’t cross his mind.

“I’m just glad I got out the day safe, and hopefully I’ll get through the season safe, too,” Austin said.

Because of the injury, Austin did not get much time to participate in the full-team offseason practices. The wideout acknowledged that including Saturday’s session, he’s had about four days worth of on-field work in McVay’s new scheme — including the voluntary veteran minicamp back in late April.

“I haven’t really been in this offense but for so long,” Austin said. “So however he needs me to be — deep threat, short guy, it doesn’t really make a difference to me.”

Austin did appear to run his share of deep routes in the first training camp practice — something McVay said he did a good job of. 

“Until you look at the tape, it’s hard to get a true evaluation. But just from looking at it from afar, I thought there were some good things from him. And we know we’re always going to strive for that consistent improvement,” McVay said.

“Like I said, it feels good just to get out there period — not just to keep going deep,” Austin said. “So I’m glad I was out there, back with the team. I’m glad they just welcomed me back.”

No matter his role, Austin is excited to play in what he feels should be a dynamic attack, based on what the Rams’ coaches have done at their previous stops.

“That’s definitely exciting for anybody that plays this position,” Austin said. “Everybody wants the ball. Everybody wants the opportunity to get the ball. So I’m definitely excited to be in the offense. Just want to keep working every day. Whatever challenges he has for me, just want to knock them down.”