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Practice Report: Moving on to Week 12

Posted Nov 22, 2017

The Rams look to bounce back as they play host to the Saints in Week 12.

The Rams held their first practice of the week at Cal Lutheran after a tough loss to Minnesota in Week 11. On Sunday, L.A. will look to bounce back as it plays host to New Orleans at the Coliseum.

Here are a few notes from Wednesday’s session:

INJURY REPORT

Los Angeles released its first injury report of the preparation week on Wednesday. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, center John Sullivan, and outside linebacker Connor Barwin received their normal rest days and did not participate in the session.

Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman (thigh), running back Lance Dunbar (knee), outside linebacker Mark Barron (hand), and cornerback Kayvon Webster (concussion) were all non-participants as well. Rounding out the Rams injury report was linebacker Bryce Hager (calf) who took a limited number of reps on Wednesday.

Head coach Sean McVay said that “all things are going in a positive direction with Kayvon,” noting that the staff was hoping to get him back “by the end of the week if everything goes the way we want.” Webster will need to be be cleared by an independent physician before he can return to practice.

On Dunbar, McVay said the former North Texas standout did not injure his knee during last weekend's contest. However, McVay did confirm some soreness. He said the training staff is being "smart early in the week with him."

"Hopefully we get some good news, he’ll feel good tomorrow and get [we can] him back out there," Mcvay said. "To his credit, he’s put himself in a position to get back on the field. [And] when he’s gotten out there he’s been efficient, he’s been productive and hopefully that knee will quiet down and he’ll feel good."

Robert Woods, who suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s game against the Vikings will be out for the next couple of weeks, as will running back Malcolm Brown who continues to rehab a knee injury.

Returning to the field for the first time in two weeks were tight end Derek Carrier (hamstring) and cornerback Troy Hill (hamstring).

In New Orleans, there was one significant name listed on the Saints’ injury report — starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The rookie out of Ohio State suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s contest against the Redskins and was reportedly seen in a walking boot on Wednesday.

MOVING ON TO WEEK 12

The Rams suffered their first loss in over a month in Week 11 as they fell to the Vikings, 24-7. And while a loss for any NFL club is never a positive thing, L.A. is ready to bounce back from Sunday’s contest, taking the adversity it has faced in stride.

“I think we’ve been through some stuff together as a team and understand that a loss is not the worst thing in the world,” quarterback Jared Goff said. “You can come back from that and we look to this week [to] respond to last week’s lost.”

Right guard Jamon Brown echoed Goff, referring to the team’s unspoken 24-hour rule. Brown said that the players give themselves one day to either mourn a loss or celebrate a win. After that, it’s all about focusing on their next opponent — in this case, the Saints.

“We put that one behind us and it’s fuel for this weekend,” Brown said. “As coaches say, ‘A loss is not a loss, it’s a lesson.’ I think there was definitely a lot of things we can learn from that game and moving forward we’ll be better.” 

After the club’s loss the Seahawks in Week 5, it went on to win four games straight. But a victory won’t be easy to come by this weekend. The Rams will be facing an 8-2 team in New Orleans, and will need to make some significant improvements on offense if they hope to secure a win at home.

“We left a lot of plays out there,” wide receiver Pharoh Cooper said. “But you can kind of use it as motivation. We have a good team, we’re coming back in front of our home fans. It’s a great team coming in, so we have to prepare well for them and this is going to be a great challenge for us to see if we can bounce back.”

“This whole season we’ve bounced back and we haven’t faced too much adversity,” he added. “So going into this game it’s going to be a good test for our program to see where everybody’s at.”

MINOR ROSTER MOVES

On Tuesday, The Rams terminated the practice squad contract of offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi. In a corresponding move on Wednesday, the club re-signed tight end Johnny Mundt to its practice squad, after he was on the active roster for two games.

The Rams also added former West Georgia product, cornerback Marcus Sayles to its practice squad on Wednesday. Before signing with Los Angeles, Sayles was on the Bills practice squad in September.

L.A. also announced that it had promoted cornerback Kevin Peterson from the team’s practice squad to its 53-man active roster. McVay said the decision to promote Peterson was made in an effort to pad the team’s depth at the cornerback position.

“It’s more of an insurance thing than anything else and Kevin’s a guy that when he’s been asked to be brought up and potentially have the chance to compete, he’s done a nice job,” McVay said. “We’re taking it one day at a time with Kayvon and Nickell, but Kevin does provide some nice insurance if for whatever reason, those guys aren’t able to go.”