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From the Podium: Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Mike LaFleur, Raheem Morris and Cooper Kupp preview Week 11 vs. Seahawks

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford each held press conferences with local media Wednesday, discussing injury updates, the addition of Carson Wentz, what they've seen from the Seahawks defense since the two teams played each other in Week 1, and more.

On Thursday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and wide receiver Cooper Kuppdiscussed what they've seen from the Seahawks offense, the anticipated return of key contributors and more. 

Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations, which you can watch in their entirety below:

"(Wide receiver Puka Nacua) is just banged up." – McVay

  • Nacua being limited in Wednesday's practice was a preventative measure, according to McVay.
  • McVay said Nacua was a little bit limited in terms of his overall movement against the Packers in Week 9.

"Practiced fully, so it was good. It's good to be out there." – Stafford

  • Stafford (right thumb) confirmed he got a full workload in Wednesday's practice. 
  • "It was nice to get back out there and get my feet wet again, literally and figuratively," Stafford said, referring to the rainy conditions.

"You said it, production, They showed they made plays when they needed to make plays." – Donald

  • Donald liked what he saw from rookies Kobie Turner and Byron Young against the Packers in Week 9, what was the most productive game of the season for each player. 
  • Donald said both players need to continue to build off of that with more football still left to be played.

"It's Matthew Stafford." – LaFleur

  • The return of Stafford to the practice field impacts the team in ways both tangible and intangible. 
  • "It's just awesome to have him in, and not just from a player perspective, but just the human the leader, his presence, both for coaches and players, alike it's just, it's good to have a guy like Matthew Stafford out there and feeling good and ready to go," LaFleur said.

"What he misses from us is a big, powerful man in the middle of the defense." – Morris

  • Getting nose tackle Bobby Brown III back would be a big boost to the Rams' defensive line. 
  • "The fruits of his labor were really starting to show, and then he had the unfortunate injuries," Morris said. "So getting him back means a lot for us."

"I know everyone wants to talk about production, and certainly you want to produce, but what's more important to me is being a positive piece of the offense." – Kupp

  • While external observers look at Kupp's statistics over the last three games as atypical to his usual performance, Kupp measures his impact beyond those numbers alone. 
  • "I'm excited about moving forward on this thing and continuing to do what I can to be a positive each and every play," Kupp said.

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