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Practice Report 8/16: Supporting Sister, Quinn Heads to Rio

Posted Aug 16, 2016

DE Robert Quinn's sister, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, is currently competing in the 100m hurdles in this year's Olympic Games.

When the summer Olympics roll around every four years, the world takes notice. It’s the kind of event that can bring together people from every background you can think of, all in celebration of some of the best athletes our globe has to offer.

For one Ram, this year’s games in Rio particularly hits home. Defensive end Robert Quinn was absent from practice today for as good a reason as any: His younger sister, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, is competing in the 100m hurdles and the star D-lineman went to Brazil to cheer her on.

“I gave him permission a number of weeks ago and then he finally made the arrangements. So, he’s down there,” head coach Jeff Fisher said on Tuesday. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Camacho-Quinn is representing Puerto Rico in the Olympics. In the past, Quinn has displayed his pride for his Puerto Rican heritage on Twitter.

Today, Camacho-Quinn qualified for tomorrow’s 100m semifinal with a time of 12.70 seconds. She finished first in her heat and No. 3 overall among qualifiers.

Though Quinn is absent from the team for a bit, Fisher said the defensive end should still be able to participate in Saturday’s exhibition contest against Kansas City.

“Yeah, unless he’s got some flight issues and things like that. We’ll get him running around a little bit,” Fisher said. “So, he’ll get some snaps.”

With the emphasis Fisher puts on the importance of family, it’s no surprise he allowed Quinn to support his sister in this way.

“It’s really a neat thing for Rob and his family,” Fisher said. “It’s the right thing to do, to let him go down there.”

EXTRA POINTS

— It’s still early in the week before the Rams’ second preseason game, which means there hasn’t been much work done when it comes to scouting the Chiefs. That said, there are some elements of head coach Andy Reid’s team that are readily apparent.

“I haven’t really looked at the Chiefs at this point, but I know they’re very, very talented on defense, and they can run the football,” Fisher said. “They’re going to put pressure on you.

“It’s answering those challenges, and being able to stand-up, protect the quarterback, run the football on offense,” Fisher continued, “and we’re going to be tested defensively against the run. I normally don’t have concerns going into games, but it’s those things that really challenge your team, the second, third week of the preseason games that are issues.”

Fisher has been critical of Los Angeles’ performance in run defense during Saturday’s game against Dallas. His Tuesday comments on the challenges the Chiefs present echoed what he said on Monday.

“Great challenge this week, to work towards getting that fixed for the regular season, because Andy loves to run it — Kansas City loves to run it and that’s what their offensive foundation is based on,” he said. “It’ll be a really good challenge for our defense.”

— In the second episode of this season’s Hard Knocks, there’s a segment detailing defensive end William Hayes’ staunch beliefs that dinosaurs do not exist and that mermaids are real. Fisher addresses this in the episode and kept a straight face while addressing it with reporters on Tuesday.

“He has an understanding. It’s special to him,” Fisher said. “I said this, and now I know — he was especially excited about the move because of being located so much closer to the ocean, particularly because it’s unlikely he would find a mermaid in the Mississippi River in St. Louis. He’s going to search until he can’t look anymore for a mermaid, or two for that matter. It’s been going on for a while.

“The dinosaur thing, I’m not as in tune with the dinosaur thing, as I am the mermaid thing,” Fisher continued. “He’s got some issues with the dinosaurs. I don’t think he thinks they ever existed. I recommend he take a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits. So, we’ll see.”

— As expected, quarterback Jared Goff took a few snaps with the first-team offense during Tuesday’s practice.

“He’s improving. He had a couple of issues out here today that he learned from,” Fisher said, noting the rookie was still working as he spoke to the media. “He’s getting better.”

— Cornerback E.J. Gaines also did some work with the first-team defense toward the end of practice. He said at times, he’s felt like he’s been out for more like years as opposed to just one. Fisher said he’s not sure quite yet how much Gaines will play on Saturday.

— Finally, both safety/linebacker Mark Barron and safety Maurice Alexander were held out of Tuesday’s practice.

“Nothing to be concerned with, just needed a day off,” Fisher said.