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Webster Ruptures Achilles, Johnson Suffers a Stinger

Posted Dec 10, 2017

The Rams lost both starting cornerbacks to injury in their 43-35 loss on Sunday.

Not only did the Rams suffer a tough loss to the Eagles in Week 14, but they also suffered from an injury standpoint — losing both of their starting cornerbacks, Kayvon Webster and Trumaine Johnson.

Webster was carted off the field after sustaining a ruptured achilles on a non contact play early in the contest, while Johnson suffered a stinger late in the fourth quarter. 

On 1st-and-15 from the L.A. 25-yard line, Webster was lined up in man coverage with wide receiver Mack Collins. But as he backpedaled towards the end zone, Webster went down to the ground clutching his right ankle in pain.

Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman immediately took a knee for his injured teammate, fearing the worst.

“I asked the doctor on the sidelines right then and there what was going on,” Robey-Coleman said postgame. “He said achilles and that’s when I took a knee. Kayvon is my guy, so it means a lot to me that he is hurt right now. I pray nothing but the best for him, his recovery and his family.”

But as of Sunday night, there was no timetable for Webster’s injury nor recovery.

“Very unfortunate, Kayvon is a great competitor,” head coach Sean McVay said postgame. 
“We love Kayvon and what he’s meant to this football team and guys are going to need to step up in his absence.”

With Webster out, the Rams opted to rotate in both Robey-Coleman and Troy Hill on the outside and in the slot. Cornerback Kevin Peterson was also asked to step up against the Eagles when Johnson went down in the fourth quarter.

On 2nd-and-10 from the Philadelphia 49, Wentz completed a 16-yard pass to tight end Trey Burton. Johnson went down awkwardly on the tackle and was helped off of the field by the Rams medical staff, heading into the training room to be evaluated.

Although McVay confirmed that Johnson had entered the league-mandated concussion protocol after the game, he later admitted that there was a misunderstanding about Johnson's injury. On Monday, McVay said Johnson had actually suffered a stinger that caused him to exit the game early.

But the Rams still could be in danger of being without both of their starting cornerbacks for the foreseeable future. Fortunately for L.A, McVay did express his confidence in the team’s depth at the position.

“Guys will need to step up. We’ve got some depth at the corner spot — you look at both Hill and Peterson having to step in, [and] safety Blake Countess can do a little bit of both,” McVay said. “But we’ll get a chance to gather ourselves as a staff tomorrow and have a little bit better direction moving forward.”

The rest of the secondary echoed its head coach, noting the locker room’s “next-man up” mentality.

“It’s a huge loss, but it’s next-man up,” safety John Johnson III said. “And I think the guys that came in for [them] played pretty well.”

“When somebody goes down, somebody else has to step up,” Robey-Coleman said. “For the most part everybody did that tonight. The effort was 100 percent from everyone.”

“It’s next man up, that’s just what kind of league it is,” safety Lamarcus Joyner added. “Good job by Troy and Kevin coming in and those guys stepping up.”