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Quotes & Notes 8/20: Rams looking forward to more routine week

After each media session, Quotes and Notes will bring you what was said, who said it, and what it means for your Los Angeles Rams. Here's what you should know from Tuesday, Aug. 20.

"I think it will be good, really, to get the next couple of weeks where you're not having to travel. That's always good thing, to try to get some normalcy and to try to get into what would be equivalent to a weekly rhythm."

– HC Sean McVay

  • After traveling to Oakland for the preseason opener Aug. 10 and Hawaii last weekend for its week 2 matchup against Dallas, Los Angeles is back at home this week and able to settle into a more normal routine. 
  • While the unusual travel schedule led to different approaches, such as leaving the majority of the starters at home and having working out at the facility instead of making the trip to Hawaii, McVay said overall the last two weeks have worked out favorably for the Rams. 
  • McVay said those workouts went well and that he's looking forward to having three good practices this week while continuing to evaluate who can carve out a role over the next two weeks ahead of roster cutdowns.

"Sat at the house for two days straight. Can't get better than that."

– RB Todd Gurley

  • One of several starters who stayed back in Los Angeles last weekend, Gurley was able to relax at home while the rest of the Rams headed to Honolulu. 
  • Gurley said he had to come up to the facility during one of the days the rest of the team was gone, but otherwise spent the majority of his time at home. 
  • Gurley, who has been on a plan to maintain his health heading into the regular season, believes he benefitted from the down time.

"There's no timetable on that. It was a pretty significant injury, though, so he's going to be out for awhile."

– HC Sean McVay

  • Following up on Sunday's announcement regarding Micah Kiser's indefinite absence due to a left pectoral injury, McVay reiterated the same to assembled media Tuesday afternoon. 
  • According to McVay, it is too soon to put a timetable on Kiser's return due to the seriousness of the injury and that "it's going to be awhile" before that sort of determination can be made. Kiser was scheduled to undergo surgery today.
  • Asked if it's possible Kiser could return at some point during the season, McVay said it's dependent upon how Kiser responds to treatment and recovery for the injury.

"In this league as a backup, you have to treat yourself as a starter."

– LB Bryce Hager

  • With Kiser out indefinitely due to injury, Hager is slated to start in his place.
  • Asked if there was any adjustment going from being a backup to a starter, Hager's mindset is to always be prepared because anything could happen on any play.
  • Hager said he had been rotating with Kiser since the beginning of OTAs, further solidifying his comfort in stepping into a starter's role if called upon.

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