Rams CB Aqib Talib to play minus restriction in Week 14 vs. Bears
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib was held out of action for right around two months with an ankle injury. Although Talib was on a snap count in last Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, presumably things will be much different this coming Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
According to Rams Insider Myles Simmons, head coach Sean McVay should be ready to play again.
“He’s good. We’ll hopefully not have to have him on any sort of pitch count at all this week.” “That was kind of the goal all along — especially playing on the turf [in Detroit]. It sounds like the field’s been in good condition in Chicago, too, from what I understand. And unless something sets us back, he’s going to be at full go, and go from the start to the finish.”
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is certainly happy to have his prized cornerback back in action. Phillips stated, “He played the first half, they had three points the first half. So he was a part of that.” “But I thought he moved around nice. We’re expecting probably more from him this week — more plays, I’m talking about. And as long as he’s good to go, we’re going to let him play.”
Talib spoke about his snap count from last Sunday’s game and what he expects in this week’s matchup with the Bears. Talib said, “I think that play count was just to get my legs under me.” “You don’t want to go from one or two practices to 70 plays. So now I’m 30 plays, five, six practices — I think I’m ready to go.”
Talib will likely be all systems go in a highly anticipated matchup against the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears. The Rams will likely have their hands full a bit on defense with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back in action after missing the last two weeks. Talib’s veteran presence could be a difference maker with Chicago’s talented receiving group.