Sean McVay speaks out on Jalen Ramsey’s status vs. Falcons
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams mortgaged their future to boost their secondary in the form of cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Though they traded two first-round picks for the 24-year-old All-Pro, his status to play on Sunday, against the Atlanta Falcons, is up in the air.
Ramsey missed playing time in Jacksonville for a “back” injury. However, it magically healed after he got what he wanted: to no longer be employed by the Jaguars. Despite Ramsey’s back being healed, coach Sean McVay emphasizes practice will dictate if he will play on Sunday.
“Today will be the big gauge, really more than anything, for him to push himself physically, communicate how he’s feeling and we’ll do what’s best for Jalen and what’s best for our team is to be able to have him up in some form or fashion but those will be things that I think we’ll have a better grasp on after today’s practice,” said McVay on Thursday, per ESPN.
Though the Rams acquired Ramsey on Tuesday, the likeliest outcome to him playing or not is that he will be available on Sunday. Many figure the cornerback’s “injury” wasn’t that, instead, it was a reason to not play amid a trade request out of northern Florida. Los Angeles desperately needs his services too, considering Aqib Talib is on the injured reserve and Marcus Peters now calls Baltimore home.
In all, expect Ramsey to play on Sunday. He said he hopes to play then. If he is healthy, the Rams would be foolish not to do so, as his man-to-man skills make him a “plug and play” option as he learns the playbook.