It's not as bad as it could have been, but it's still significant.
Head coach Sean McVay said Monday that the Rams will be without Robert Woods for "a couple weeks" after the wide receiver suffered a left shoulder injury late in Sunday's 24-7 loss to Minnesota.
"That's unfortunate, but requires some guys to step up and fill in for the void left by Robert," McVay said Monday. "And he's done a lot of great things. So it's an opportunity for some other guys to step up. And I know he'll take care of himself and hopefully we'll get him back sooner than later. But that's what it is right now and we'll continue to gather more information."
While McVay said there was a chance that the injury could have required surgery, McVay added L.A. received news on Monday that won't be the case.
"The optimistic approach is, hopefully, a couple weeks. But there was a chance that if it was something other than what it ended up being, that it was going to require surgery. But it's nothing like that. So those are positive things. And there's a guy that will do all the right things in the meantime to try to get him back on the field sooner than later."
McVay said the injury occurred when safety Harrison Smith tackled Woods after he made a reception in the middle of the field late in the fourth quarter.
Woods has been the Rams' most productive receiver so far this season. He currently leads the team in receptions (47) and yards receiving (703), and he's tied for the team lead with four receiving touchdowns. Woods actually set a new career high in yards receiving on the play he was injured, eclipsing 700 yards for the first time in his five-year professional career.
"Clearly, from a production standpoint the last couple weeks, you're losing a significant player. But I think what he represents week-in and week-out, just by the way he goes about his business as well — he contributes," McVay said. "He plays like a complete receiver where [he makes receptions] underneath, intermediate, down the field. So that's a significant loss for us."
Los Angeles has been able to avoid major injuries to its starters so far in the regular season, but on some level McVay knew this kind of thing was coming.
"When guys get injured, that kind of calls for the next man up. And that's kind of what you see around the league. We have been fortunate in that manner that we haven't had a lot of guys miss games that have been in those starting roles. But it looks like that's what's going to end up occurring."
"It's going to present a great challenge, but that's what you love about the NFL — there's new challenges week-in and week-out," McVay continued. "And I think it gives guys an opportunity to step up. And it's a great challenge as a coaching staff to try to put our guys in good spots against an excellent football team."
With Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp entrenched at their starting spots, McVay said the Rams will likely use a "by-committee" approach to help fill the significant void of losing Woods. McVay mentioned the rest of the Rams' wide receiving corps — Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper, Josh Reynolds, and Mike Thomas — as players who will be a part of that.
"There are guys that we do have confidence to step up and fill that void," McVay said. "I think it'll be kind of a group approach it just offers an opportunity with the depth that we have to get guys a little bit more involved, hopefully keep them fresher throughout the course of the game."
In other injury news, McVay said that cornerback Kayvon Webster was in "good shape" on Monday after entering the concussion protocol during Sunday's game. As for cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who exited Sunday's matchup with a thigh injury and did not return, McVay said the team will monitor his progress throughout the week to have a better idea of his status.
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