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Practice Report: Special Visitors Stop by Ahead of Week 3

Check out photos of comedian Kevin Hart and actor Scott Eastwood, who stopped by the Rams' facility in Thousand Oaks.

The Rams wrapped up a non-padded practice on Thursday morning as the team gears up for Week 3 of the preseason. Today's session was the Rams last before they kick off at the Coliseum on Saturday night.


Thursday's practice saw the addition of two extra "players" on the field, when comedian Kevin Hart and actor Scott Eastwood stopped by to join in on the workout.

While having Hart and Eastwood on field two days before a gameday may have seemed like a distraction to some coaches, Rams head coach Sean McVay said their presence did not affect the "team's ability to get what we wanted" out of the day. Plus, the duo added some energy.

"We all know what a great entertainer he is, so it was fun to have those guys around," McVay said. "It ended up being a positive thing for also loosened things up a bit in the environment. It's always good to remember that while we want to be structured and we're always mindful of that, you can still have fun."

Hart and Eastwood made their rounds in the early portions of practice, participating in every position group's individual drills, from the wide receivers to the defensive linemen. Hart also spent some time attempting to field punts and finished up practice racing wide receiver K.D. Cannon in a 40-yard dash. Unfortunately for the comedian, he could not catch any of the punts, nor could he beat Cannon in the race.

And while Hart and Eastwood may not have been the best football players out on field today, running back Todd Gurley said he hopes having them at practice will open everyone's eyes to the difficulties of playing the game.

"If I ever see him on Twitter talking stuff about a football player — he can't even catch a punt," Gurley said with a laugh. "So, he definitely can't say anything else about a football player."

"It works both ways. You let us do our job and we'll let you do your job," he added. "But, it was pretty cool just having him out there, funny — one of the funniest guys in the game right now. We were all excited to have him out there, for sure."


The easier question to answer may be who won't we see on Saturday?

Cornerback Kayvon Webster and linebacker Robert Quinn returned to the field for Thursday's session, but their status has not been determined for this week's game. McVay said he will meet with Director of Sports Science and Performance Reggie Scott later on Thursday to decide on whether or not both defensive starters will play in their first preseason game of the season.

In Tuesday's press conference, McVay said linebacker Mark Barron will not participate on Saturday and on Thursday he confirmed cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman will also be held out of Week 3.

Wide receiver Cooper Kupp is another player who will be sidelined for this weekend's matchup against the Chargers. Though the young receiver has shined in his first two preseason games, he "had a little tweak" this week in his groin that will keep him out.

"We're going to be smart with Cooper, so we're going to hold him out this week," McVay said after practice, adding Kupp has gotten a lot of work in the first two exhibitions. "At the risk of potentially setting him back a couple weeks, being mindful of especially that receiver position, we're going to take the smart road with him."


After practice Gurley addressed the media to discuss his thoughts on the preseason as a whole. Last year, the running back totaled just four carries in the entire preseason. However, Gurley has seen an increased workload this time around, rushing for 38 yards and a touchdown in eight carries last Saturday alone.

"It's been going pretty good," Gurley said. "Obviously got a chance to play in the first two games. Last game we came back as an offense and were able to score two touchdowns. It was just about going out there and improving each day and every game….It's just fun seeing guys out there making plays and everybody having fun."

This weekend will likely be the last time Gurley will play in preseason action, as the majority of starters are expected to be held out in Week 4. In his absence, running backs like Justin Davis and Aaron Green are expected to carry the bulk of the load. After practice Gurley was asked about his relationship with the rest of the running backs group, and the Georgia product emphasized the open communication between them.

"If I don't do something right and they see it, I expect them to tell me and vice versa, just communicate and help each other out," he said. "If I see a look in the game and obviously when you're running the ball, you don't see things that people on the sidelines see. So, just go to those guys and help those guys out.

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