Rams LB Mark Barron unsure if he’ll play Monday night vs. Raiders
According to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register, the Rams may have to play in Week 1 action on Monday night without the services of outside linebacker Mark Barron due to nagging injuries.
Rams linebacker Mark Barron said he’s still not certain whether he will be able to play Monday. Still coming back from injuries.
— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) September 7, 2018
Barron has become a vital piece of the puzzle defensively over the last few years after making the transition from safety to outside linebacker where he has brought much stability to that unit of the front seven. Last season, he had put together a productive campaign where he recorded 72 tackles with three interceptions, four pass deflections in 14 games. However, his performance on the field was impacted by a few lingering injuries that included Achilles soreness near the tail end of the year and had undergone shoulder surgery over the offseason.
The Rams moved through the preseason with many precautions concerning the health of many of their core players, which may continue to be the case with their handling of Barron’s current health situation. Los Angeles is counting on him to be a major factor in the second level of the defense with the hope that he can help them make that next step forward toward contending for a Super Bowl in the 2018 campaign. This may be a matter that the Rams will decide on what plan of action to take in the coming days depending on what he can show on the practice field.
If he’s unable to give it a go for the contest, the team is expected to lean on Ramik Wilson to take up his spot in the starting lineup. Wilson had been acquired in the offseason after three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.