Dominique Hatfield Place On IR
Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams have loss reserved defensive back Dominique Hatfield for the remainder of the season. Hatfield suffered a severe ankle injury Sunday night in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at the freezing Soldier Field.
On an ensuing kickoff return after the Bears increased their lead to 15-6, returner Pharoh Cooper returned the ball from the Rams one-yard line. As Hatfield attempted to make a block, a Bears defender would push Hatfield back into Cooper's path. It appeared that Hatfield's ankle would get rolled up on as Cooper became tackled.
The Rams promoted Hatfield from the practice squad in week four after veteran starting cornerback Aqib Talib went on the IR. Talib injured his ankle against the Los Angeles Chargers in week three that his injury had enough damage that it required surgery.
After Monday's press conference with head coach Sean McVay, he stated that Hatfield's injury was significant enough that he would require surgery. McVay also pointed out that his injury revealed structural damage in the comparable case of Cooper's that he suffered in week one against the Oakland Raiders.
Rams signed the former Utah Utes cornerback as an undrafted free agent in the 2017 season. Hatfield is a Los Angeles native, where he played football at Crenshaw High School, starred as a receiver, defensive back, and return specialist.
The Rams placed the second-year defensive back on the IR and with a corresponding move have resigned rookie linebacker Trevon Young to the active roster.
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