The Rams appear likely to be without inside linebacker Mark Barron once again for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals, as he did not practice on Friday and is officially listed as doubtful for the contest.
Barron (ankle) has been dealing with an achilles issue dating back to the end of the 2017 season. Though Los Angeles had Barron on a regimented program to bring him along slowly until the regular season began, Barron's achilles has been painful enough to hold him out of practice for each of the last two weeks.
"There's not a tougher person than Mark Barron," McVay said last week. "So, you know if he's not able to go, then it's bothering him."
Barron was No. 2 on the team with 108 total tackles last season, also recording four tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, three quarterback hits, seven pass breakups, and three interceptions.
Last week, inside linebacker Ramik Wilson and safety Marqui Christian split time in Barron's stead. Wilson played more on early downs and Christian in more known-passing situations.
Also on the injury report for Los Angeles, wide receiver Mike Thomas (hip) has been listed as out. McVay said earlier in the week that Thomas would likely miss a few weeks with a groin injury, which was part of the reason why L.A. re-signed wide receiver JoJo Natson to be the club's returner in Pharoh Cooper's stead. Cooper — an All-Pro returner last year — was placed on injured reserve earlier this week after suffering an ankle injury that required surgery, and Thomas was his backup.
"Mike's going to be out. He had to, actually, have a procedure on his groin, unfortunately — get that thing fixed up," McVay said Friday. "So, he's going to be out for some time right now."
Below is the full injury status report for both teams.
Check out some of the best shots from practice leading up to the Rams' matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Mike Thomas (hip)
ILB Mark Barron (ankle)
OL Andrew Smith (elbow)
DT Olsen Pierre (toe)
DE Markus Golden (knee)
TE Jermaine Gresham (achilles)
LB Haason Reddick (ankle)