McVay: 'We Feel like Mark [Barron] will be OK'

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Starting inside linebacker Mark Barron left the Rams' 42-7 victory over the Seahawks after just three plays with a knee injury and did not return to the field. But according to head coach Sean McVay, it doesn't appear to be an injury that will keep Barron out long term.

"He just had a little knee soreness," McVay said Monday. "We feel like Mark will be OK. We'll kind of just evaluate him day-to-day as the week progresses and we'll have more updates on Wednesday."

Sunday's kickoff temperature was just 47 degrees with winds coming out of the south at 15 miles per hour. McVay said those conditions likely contributed to Barron's injury status.

"I think when you just look at the weather and some of the elements — it just bothered him a little bit more than it had," McVay said.

Barron has been dealing with a few injures over the course of the season, and the Rams have limited his practice time in order to keep him fresh on Sundays. One benefit of that is linebacker Cory Littleton has seen plenty of practice time, which keeps him prepared in the event that he has to go in.

"I think it helps a lot. I think when you look at Cory, he's been such a key contributor on special teams the last couple years. But when he's gotten his opportunities, Cory's a really good player," McVay said. "And just finding different ways to get him involved — I know we've created a few different personnel groupings throughout the course of the year, just to get him on the field."

With the Rams taking out many of their starters in the blowout win, only cornerback Troy Hill played more than Littleton's 54 defensive snaps on Sunday. He finished with four defensive tackles — one for loss — and a special teams tackle on Sunday.

"You see his speed show up — great recognition ability. Makes a great play kind of on the little boot where [Jimmy] Graham comes across the formation and he tackles it for minus-one yard. And Cory's just stepped up.

"But I do think that definitely helps him out when he's able to get a lot of those looks and reps during the course of the week," McVay added, crediting assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Barry and assistant linebackers coach Chris Shula for their work to prepare LIttleton. "And Cory stepped up and did a good job."

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