Los Angeles Rams safety Taylor Rapp fails concussion protocol and will be unable to play in playoff game

Los Angeles RamsSafety free Taylor RappHe was not able to complete concussion protocol this past week and was therefore ruled out of Monday night's wild card playoff game against the visiting Arizona Cardinals.

Rapp was concussed in the Rams' overtime loss against the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. They also lost their strong safety Jordan FullerThey sustained a season-ending ankle injury during that game and will be without their two starting safetyties Monday night.

The team lists backup running back Buddy Howell (hamstring) as doubtful. Receiver Van Jefferson(shoulder), is listed as questionable but Sean McVay, his coach, expects him play and stated that everyone should be available.

McVay called Rapp’s absence “a big loss” and said that “he’s doing everything in order to get back as fast as possible.”

Fuller (113), and Rapp (94) were both the Rams' top tacklers in this season's 16-17 games. Rapp and star cornerback shared the team's lead in interceptions (4). Jalen Ramsey. The team was inspired by their injuries to sign Eric WeddleThe practice squad added the 37-yearold to their team this week, helping him get out of retirement after a two-year period.

McVay confirmed Weddle's inclusion to Monday's active roster and that he will play a role to be determined. Rams also have Nick ScottSafety and Turrell Burgess

After spending the 2019 season with Rams, Weddle, who was a six-time Pro Bowl selection has retired. Monday will be 750 days since Weddle's last NFL game.

McVay stated, “He's done an amazing job.” McVay said, “He has a great attitude. He is a great communicator. He's a great leader. He'll be there when you need him. We are still trying to figure out what exactly that role is. I have a lot faith in Nick Scott, and Turrell Burgess.

McVay indicated that There are many options as to how Weddle might play against Arizona. He then reiterated his confidence in Scott, Burgess and McVay.

McVay stated that he knows as a competitor, that if he is going and gets into the flow, he will want to go. “If he feels good, there's no risk, and we're in good flow, then we'll just take it one step at a time. It's difficult for me to put a realistic limit on it, as this is something new. It could be 10, it could be 30, but it could be 10. It all depends on the personnel groups we present to the Cardinals' offense.

Fuller was the Rams' signal-caller on that side. He is a defensive captain. McVay stated that it is likely that the linebacker will be Fuller. Troy ReederThey will assume these duties.

Quarterback Matthew StaffordHe was listed as a full-fledged participant in all three practices this past week, even though his toe was smashed against the 49ers.

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