Following Thursday’s game, head coach Sean McVay provided an update on the injuries of cornerback Aqib Talib and outside linebacker Dominique Easley.
Talib underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair his ankle. Though he will be out for at least eight weeks since he’s on injured reserve, Los Angeles is still expecting to have him back before the end of the regular season.
“We're hopeful that, really, within that eight week timetable if we want to use that designated to return tag on him, he'll be ready to go,” McVay said. "So, we're very encouraged and I know Aqib feels that way. Looking forward to getting him back. I don't know exactly what that date would be, but I know that the anticipation is to get him back with a few games left in the season. We'll see where we're at from there.”
Talib has recorded a pair of passes defensed and a forced fumbles so far in 2018. He’ll be eligible to return in mid-November.
Elsewhere on the injury front, McVay said outside linebacker Dominique Easley could be out for some time. With his history of knee injuries, Easley is apparently having some complications related to everything he’s been through before.
“We're looking into it and this poor guy has been through a whole lot,” McVay said. “In terms of exactly what that means, you just look at how much his knee has been through, the amount of surgeries, the way that he has persevered through it. It might be something that if he has to get that thing cleaned up again, it will be a tough situation. We're still evaluating, but it's looking like it could be something that could keep him out for a while.”
Easley had been productive after moving to the outside linebacker spot during training camp, drawing a pair of holding calls in Los Angeles’ first two games of the season.
Though cornerback Marcus Peters entered Thursday questionable with a calf injury, he washable to get through his pregame workout successfully and played 100 percent of Los Angeles’ defensive snaps.
“Marcus went out, got a warm up in early and I think he really wanted to play,” McVay said. “Based on our evaluation from our medical staff, we felt like it wasn't going to do anything as far as putting him at any risk for further injuring it. It's just based on him being such a tough competitor.
“Then when you look him in the eyes and you talk to him right before when you’ve got to make those decisions and say, 'Hey, do you feel good?' Making sure that he understands that we want to do what's best for him, but if he's able to go we're certainly a better team with him playing,” McVay continued. “That was really how those decisions were made and you could see he wanted to be out there and compete with his teammates”
McVay said Peters came out of the game a bit sore, but other than that, the Rams came out clean in terms of injuries from Thursday’s game.