Cornerback Aqib Talib appears to have cleared another hurdle on his path to returning, as head coach Sean McVay said on Thursday that Talib appears on track to be able to play against the Lions.
"I think the anticipation is we'd like that to be able to happen," McVay said. "What does that mean in terms of snap count, what exactly that role is — really, it is something that we're going to continue to evaluate based on the way that his ankle responds. If things go the way we anticipate, we hope, and what we expect, then I think you can expect to see him play. How much will be determined as the week progresses."
Because Los Angeles altered its practice schedule due to the rain in the forecast, Talib went through a full session on Wednesday, and McVay seemed pleased with how the corner looked.
"He did a good job. He did a nice job. I think he got more and more comfortable as the practice progressed, which was a positive thing where typically you wonder, do you actually feel like it starts to bother you as it progresses? And it was the exact opposite," McVay said. "So he's a guy that he's played a lot of football, he's got such a good feel, but his presence out there is such a big boost to our football team. As far as what that means for his role this weekend, we're figuring that out as the week progresses. But it was definitely a definitely good step in the right direction with the way yesterday went."
For the Rams' actual injury report — on which Talib does not appear because he has not yet been activated to the 53-man roster — the team is remarkably clean for Week 13. While defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was unable to participate in Wednesday's practice with an illness, he would have been a full participant on Thursday had L.A. done more than a walk-thru.
On the other side, Lions starting running back Kerryon Johnson is still sidelined by a knee injury.
Below is the full injury report for both teams. Los Angeles' report for Thursday is an estimate, as the club held a walk-thru rather than a full practice.
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LOS ANGELES RAMS
C John Sullivan (not injury related)
LT Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
DL Ethan Westbrooks (illness)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
FB Nick Bellore (ankle)
RB Kerryon Johnson (knee)
WR Bruce Ellington (back)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck)
TE Michael Roberts (shoulder)
WR Brandon Powell (calf)