The Rams signed Odell Beckham Jr. this week as almost a luxury, adding depth to a wide receiver group that already featured Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson. However, Beckham’s role will be even bigger than expected.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Woods suffered a torn ACL in practice on Friday and will miss the rest of the year. The injury occurred on the same day that Beckham arrived in Los Angeles.
Schefter reported that Woods went down on Friday but finished practice, even holding a media session without thinking it was a serious injury. Further tests revealed it was a torn ACL, unfortunately, which is a huge blow to the Rams offense.
This season, Woods has 45 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns. He’s second on the team in those categories, putting together a strong first half of the year despite his opportunities being somewhat limited by the breakout of Kupp.
Peter Schrager reported that the injury was non-contact and occurred on a jet sweep in practice, and that the team hoped it wasn’t as serious as initially feared.
Woods carries a ton of value for the Rams with his leadership and blocking ability, too, being a captain and an integral part of the locker room. He’ll be a tough player to replace but at least they now have Beckham, as well as Kupp and Jefferson.
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