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Austin Expected to be Ready for Season Opener

Posted Aug 27, 2017

HC Sean McVay said the Rams are expecting WR Tavon Austin to be ready to play Sept. 10 against the Colts.

Wide receiver Tavon Austin has been sidelined since early in training camp with a hamstring injury. He was sidelined for the majority of the offseason program, too, after undergoing surgery on his wrist.

And while Austin won’t play against Green Bay on Thursday — nor will any of Los Angeles’ starters — head coach Sean McVay said on Sunday that the wideout should be ready to go on Sept. 10 for the season opener agains the Colts.

“He’s made huge progress with [head trainer] Reggie [Scott] over the last week where he’s running, reaching some higher speeds on the treadmill and stuff where it’s 100 percent of his weight that he’s supporting. So those have been some good things. And we’re going to have to start brainstorming some ways of how we’re going to utilize Tavon in that game — which will be fun.”

Because Austin has not done much on the field since McVay took over as head coach, there’s still some question as to how the wideout will fit in the new offense. But McVay says that’s a good problem to have.

“The anticipation is he’s going to be a part of that game plan,” McVay said. “How exactly we utilize him are fun things for us to be able to figure out. But he’s going to be a part of that for sure.”