Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Aqib Talib, the Los Angeles Rams starting cornerback, was placed on the IR today after sustaining an injury to his ankle. Talib's ankle was rolled up on by San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams after being hit by Rams linebacker Ramik Wilson.
Initially diagnosed as a strain, the Rams medical staff were optimistic that it wasn't anything further serious. Talib sought for a second opinion with his injured ankle, and that second opinion required he undergo surgery to repair his ankle. He will undergo that surgery tomorrow the day after his designation to the IR.
The news is devastating to the Rams organization, especially earlier in that same game the Rams lost their other starting corner Marcus Peters to a calf injury. The team was decimated by injuries last Sunday to watch both of their starting cornerbacks go down, linebacker Dominique Easley, and starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth with a knee.
These injuries compound on top of a Mark Barron's bad Achilles, who have remained to be active this season is starting to take a toll. Rams can afford the likes of Barron and Easley's injuries being out, but Talib is a five-time pro-bowler that fits perfect in a scheme of Wade Phillips defense.
The Rams will have to rely on Sam Shields and Troy Hill as the starters if Peters remains out and perhaps Nickell Robey-Coleman. The Rams will also have reserved defensive back Blake Countess and Dominique Hatfield whom they team just promoted from the practice squad. Coach Sean McVay has stated time after time after an injury, its the next man up.
Talib is eligible to return in eight-weeks from the IR, which will perhaps be the game played south of the border. The Rams will host the high flying Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City, Mexico, a game the Rams will need all their defensive backs on alert.
Talib will join wide receivers, Pharoh Cooper and Mike Thomas on the IR, the two placed after week one. One of these two are eligible to return this season from the IR, and Cooper may have the upper hand, being that he's the reigning 2017 NFC Special Teams Player of the Year.
Rams will host the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the Thursday Night Football Game of the Week.