The Los Angeles Rams have been dealt a significant loss to their secondary with Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib suffering a high ankle sprain that needs surgery.
In response to that, the Rams have placed the 32-year-old on injured reserve, which will put him out of the mix for the next two months, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The #Rams have placed CB Aqib Talib on Injured Reserve with an ankle injury and he’s going to have surgery tomorrow. Big loss, though he could return. Dominique Hatfield comes up from the practice squad.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 26, 2018
Talib suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday’s 35-23 win over the Los Angeles Chargers after his ankle was rolled up on by wide receiver Tyrell Williams. Talib was able to get himself off the field under his own power, but the injury ended up being serious.
Talib had been playing well in his first couple of games that saw him ingrain himself as a key contributor. The loss of the Pro Bowler has been compounded by fellow cornerback Marcus Peters suffering a calf injury that has him listed as day-to-day. Peters’ injury had looked much worse than it initially was, as he was unable to put any weight on his leg that drew concerns about it being a potential ACL tear.
This has put the Rams in a tough position for their marquee matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Thursday’s game pits two of the league’s most talented teams against each other in a battle that could wind up being pivotal in the playoff race down the road this season. The Vikings pose a huge challenge defensively for Los Angeles with their pair of Pro Bowl-caliber talents at wide receiver in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. This will put pressure on the Rams’ secondary, putting corners Nickell Robey-Coleman and Sam Shields into the starting spots to draw these assignments.
The Rams will likely look to rely on Robey-Coleman and Shields to play more even when Peters returns from his calf injury.