Middle linebacker Alec Ogletree was optimistic about his prognosis after Sunday’s game, and head coach Sean McVay reinforced that sentiment at his press conference on Monday evening.
“We are expecting Alec to be ready,” McVay said.
Ogletree hyperextended his left elbow late in the first quarter on Sunday, on a play where the linebacker was joined in a gang tackle by what seemed like half the defensive unit. “A little friendly fire,” Ogletree called it postgame.
And though the defensive signal-caller left the contest in the second quarter and did not return, McVay said all the subsequent tests have been encouraging when it comes to the linebacker’s injury.
“It was positive news — the X-Rays were negative,” McVay said. “It’s a hyperextension, which certainly is not something minor when you just look at the ability to utilize that, especially at his position. But those are positive results compared to what it could have been.”
McVay said Ogletree even personally moved up his treatment for Tuesday, in an effort to do everything in his power to be ready to play on Sunday.
If, however, Ogletree can’t play, then linebacker Bryce Hager would likely start in Ogletree’s place. Hager filled in at middle linebacker from midway through the second quarter on during Sunday’s game, recording a quarterback hit and a pass defensed.
“I think that would probably be the plan,” McVay said. “You look at what a great job Bryce did filling in, I thought there were a lot of plays that he made, did a great job communicating some of the calls and different things, adjustments that are required at that position.
“But as far as if Alec is unavailable, how exactly we would handle that will be determined if that ends up being the situation,” McVay added. “But you have a lot of confidence in Bryce. Maybe you explore looking at a way to get Cory Littleton involved as well.”