When thinking about disappointments, the Los Angeles Rams have to come to mind. A year after a Super Bowl appearance, they failed to make the playoffs. In a meaningless Week 17 contest against the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams have decided to rest a number of their starters.

According to Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire. Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay explained his reasoning behind the decision in more detail:

“I think you want to be smart about it – you don’t want to force guys to play that aren’t in the position to be able to do that. I do think we have a lot of good competitors. You’re always pushing through some bumps and bruises at this point, but if it is something where they are going to have it fixed or you’re putting them at further risk for injury, we would definitely take that into consideration and we wouldn’t want to expose guys for that.” McVay said.

Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey is dealing with a knee injury while rookie right tackle Bobby Evans battles with a hip ailment. They aren't likely to suit-up. Running back Todd Gurley is another candidate for a reduced workload, considering his knee issues. Star defensive tackle Aaron Donald could use a little bit of rest, as he hasn't missed a game in the last two seasons.

With all of the players sitting out, there are some new names to look out for. Rookie cornerback David Long could see some extended playing time for the first time this year. Running back Darrell Henderson will also likely see extended run.