Running back Darrell Henderson Jr. has been critical for the Los Angeles Rams in their 2-0 start to the season, scoring one touchdown each against the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts. With that said, his latest injury will certainly be a cause of concern for the team.
According to head coach Sean McVay, Henderson sustained a rib cartilage injury during their game against the Colts on Sunday. While he emphasized that the Rams remain “optimistic” on his status for Week 3 when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McVay noted that they will observe the running back’s condition before making a final decision.
“We want to give him as much time as possible to get as healthy as possible,” McVay said, per the Rams’ website. “This is something that if the pain subsides, then we will be confident to be able to utilize him.”
Darrell Henderson Jr. sustained the rib injury during the second half of their game at Lucas Oil Stadium. After an awkward landing following a carry to the right side of the field, he went down and eventually left the game–unable to return.
Considering the fact that he was unable to play after the injury, it is safe to assume that he was in deep pain. With that said, it won’t be wrong to expect the Rams to be cautious of him and keep him sidelined should they determine him unable to play.
Whatever the case may be, McVay noted that the Rams plan to utilize Sony Michel and Jake Funk more–whether or not Henderson sits. If the 24-year-old RB does sit, though, LA will really not much have much of a choice as they remain thin in the position after the injury to Cam Akers.