It looks like Los Angeles will have one of its key starters back on the field this week in inside linebacker Mark Barron.
Barron was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, and head coach Sean McVay said he’s expecting Barron to be ready to go on Sunday.
“We’ve kind of got a plan in place where we’re anticipating him being able to go. And that’s subject to change based on how he responds. But he’s feeling good up to this point,” McVay said. “We’re hopeful to be able to get him back and if that’s the case we’ll be excited to get Mark out there.”
Now in his fifth year with the Rams after being traded to the club during the 2014 season, Barron has not yet played a snap in 2018. After battling through a number of injuries during the 2017 season, Barron was sidelined for the entirety of the offseason program. And while Barron did participate in Los Angeles’ walk-thru sessions during training camp, he did not practice at U.C. Irvine.
But Barron is back on the practice field and itching to contribute.
“It’s good just to get out there and get that work in, get out there and move around a little bit — felt pretty good today,” Barron said following Wednesday's session. “So, it's good to be back out there.”
Returner JoJo Natson (hand) was back on the field in a limited capacity, as well. McVay has previously said that Natson has a chance to play in Sunday’s contest.
At kicker, Greg Zuerlein remains sidelined by his groin injury. Though McVay said on Monday that Zuerlein had a chance to play in Week 5, on Wednesday McVay noted that after signing Cairo Santos that probably will not be the case.
“We kind of pulled back a little bit,” McVay said. “There was a possibility that you look at maybe even carrying two [kickers], but because of some of the situations that we have occurring with guys that might or might not be available with our 46, we don’t want to rush Greg back in too soon. And it was a good workout — he’s feeling good. But I think we probably would be accelerating a little faster than what’s best for Greg, No. 1, and best for our team as well.”
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Also on the injury report, tight end Tyler Higbee (knee) and Rodger Saffold (knee) both did not practice. Higbee left last Thursday’s contest but did return, while Saffold played all 55 offensive snaps.
Running back Todd Gurley, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, and left tackle Andrew Whitworth each received a rest day for Wednesday’s session.
On the other side, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said starting linebacker K.J. Wright will not play against the Rams in Week 5. Running back Chris Carson, however, is expected to play.
Below is the full Wednesday injury report for both teams.
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LOS ANGELES RAMS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Todd Gurley (not injury related)
TE Tyler Higbee (knee)
LG Rodger Saffold (knee)
DL Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
LT Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
K Greg Zuerlein (groin)
ILB Mark Barron
KR/PR JoJo Natson
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Rasheem Green (ankle)
LB K.J. Wright (knee)
RB Chris Carson (hip)
DE Frank Clark (illness
OG Ethan Pocic (ankle)
OG D.J. Fluker (knee)
DE Dion Jordan (hip)
QB Russell Wilson (hamstring)