Pharoh Cooper, Mark Barron both expected to play for Rams Saturday
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Rams’ Pharoh Cooper, Mark Barron both expected to play vs. Falcons

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In what will be the Los Angeles Rams’ first playoff game in well over a decade, the team is getting back two key players against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons.

According to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN, Pro Bowl return specialist Pharoh Cooper and linebacker Mark Barron are both in line to play during Saturday’s tilt.

Cooper is dealing with a shoulder injury that has prevented him from participating in practice this week. The second-year wideout has been a huge factor on special teams, leading the league with 27.4 yards per kickoff return while making 19 returns for 25 or more yards, including a 103-yard touchdown in Week 6.

Barron has nursed an Achilles injury over the last couple of weeks, but he has made enough progress to return to practice on a limited basis. He finished second on the Rams with 86 tackles and a team-best three interceptions in 14 games played. In his absence, Corey Littleton performed quite admirably in the starting role over the last two games.

The Rams are set to host their first playoff game in Los Angeles since January 7th, 1979 (they played a number of playoff games in Anaheim before moving to St. Louis). It’s the city first postseason matchup since January of 1994, when the Raiders were still playing in LA at the Coliseum.