Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams announced today through a press conference by head Coach Sean McVay received surgery today on his same knee he torn his MCL with last season. McVay also mentioned that Easley more than likely will be heading to the IR.
Easley, drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, has been decimated by injuries throughout his career. His rookie season he was placed on the IR because of a knee injury. In 2015, Easley ended his season on the IR with a second consecutive season.
In 2016, the Patriots decided to release Easley in which many felt the Patriots have given up on him because of his history of knee injuries. However, Patriots released Easley due to some off-field issues which stemmed from a lawsuit in which he was negligent in failing to restrain his dog (pitbull).
Easley, torn both of his ACL's while staring at the University of Florida. The Patriots selected him 29th overall in the draft as their new interior defensive lineman.
The Rams signed Easley in 2016 to add more depth and another former first-round draft selection to their defense. On the defensive line, the Rams already had Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, and Michael Brockers up front, and at linebackers first rounders of Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron. Easley remained healthy the entire season playing in all 16-games recording 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one pass deflection.
The 2017 season the Rams welcomed Easley back for the second season; however, he tore his ACL during training camp. Not letting yet another injury to his knee set him back, Rams resinge him to another contract this season. To prevent the constant pounding inside, the Rams converted him to linebacker as he played well at the new position. Easley didn't record any sacks, but he applied much pressure to the backfield to disrupt plays.
Easley is the fourth Ram placed on the IR, as he joins Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas (week two), and Aqib Talib (week 4) to sum out the injuries. A minor setback with his injury will now have the Rams very young at the linebacker position.
Matt Longacre may be the starter at that position as the Rams will have three rookies Trevon Young, John Franklin-Meyers and Justin Lawler to rotate. Rams did receive some good news today that Mark Barron is a potential go this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. They are optimistic to have rookie edge-rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo back from the pup-list by week seven to add even more depth to the defense.