Rams receiver Van Jefferson will have medical procedures on his remaining knee Tuesday, putting his availability for the Sept.8 opener from the Buffalo Payments “up in the air,” coach Sean McVay mentioned Monday.
“We’ll see how the medical procedures goes, and variety of have a much better come to feel,” McVay mentioned, adding, “This presents us an opportunity to appraise these other receivers.”
Jefferson underwent surgical procedure on the exact knee just after the Rams received Super Bowl LVI. But McVay stated the “little knee tweak” of the latest scenario necessitates “minor surgery” and was unrelated.
“He responded quite very well from that one particular,” McVay mentioned of the initial surgical procedures. “So it is the similar knee but it is a little distinctive area. And it is a insignificant thing that we’ll be able to clear up.
“So we’re inspired.”
Jefferson’s absence plunges one of the NFL’s perhaps most powerful getting corps into a sequence of issue marks as the Rams get ready for the Expenses, who are regarded as a Super Bowl contender.
Cooper Kupp, the reigning NFL offensive player of the year, and new addition Allen Robinson present McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford two elite targets.
But the loss of Jefferson could lower deep.
The third-year pro last season caught 50 passes, 6 for touchdowns. He also exhibited deep-participate in capacity and averaged 16 yards per capture.
Next-calendar year pros Ben Skowronek and Tutu Atwell are in line to switch Jefferson.
Skowronek, a seventh-spherical draft decide on, caught 11 passes for 133 yards previous time. He can perform various receiver positions and also excels on specific groups.
Atwell, a second-spherical choose, is making an attempt to arrive back from a disappointing rookie season. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Atwell appeared overmatched and could not come across a job as a receiver. He returned kicks for eight games until eventually he suffered a year-ending shoulder harm.
Throughout the offseason, Atwell sought guidance from Kupp and worked intently with the All-Pro to enhance and gain energy. He manufactured a number of plays Monday.
McVay also continues to brazenly court docket no cost agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to re-indication with the Rams.
Previous time, Beckham signed with the Rams following the trade deadline and assisted them make their Super Bowl operate. He endured a knee damage in the second quarter of the Tremendous Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals and has been recovering from surgery.
Beckham is not anticipated to be completely ready to perform right up until midseason.
But just after McVay listed the receivers on the roster who could profit from greater chance, he could not assist adding a rejoinder.
“And then we’ll go on to see if we can go on to determine when Odell will appear again at some place as very well,” he reported.