Ed "Pi double I" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams defensive backfield takes yet another setback today as the announced that third-year safety John John III was placed on IR today.
Johnson injured his shoulder after receiving a stiff arm by San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman on Sunday while attempting to prevent him from scoring. Johnson landed awkwardly on his left shoulder and left the game but a short time after. However, noticably that Johnson was not 100% after favoring his shoulder and being trucked by 49ers tight end George Kittle. Johnson would exit the game in the fourth quarter.
It is unclear whether or not Johnson will return this season, however, if his injury appears to be healthy in eight weeks, he will be eligible to return to the active roster. Johnson shoulder injury was significant enough that it needs time to hear and surgery is not required.
Leading up to his injury, Johnson was having a pro-bowl style of a season with 51 tackles (two tackles for losses), two interceptions, and one forced fumble. The Rams will be missing his leadership on the field and his ball-hawking ability. Johnson widely remembered for his overtime interception while falling on his back thrown by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Johnson interception allowed the Rams to move the ball enough, allowing kicker Greg Zeurline to kick a 57-yard field goal winning NFC Championship Game, placing the Rams in Super Bowl LVIII.
It appears the Rams will start Marqui Christian in Johnson III absence and split time with rookie Taylor Rapp at the safety position. Also, the Rams have rookie safety Nick Scott who also will provide depth at the safety position in various packages.
On Monday, the Rams already placed starting cornerback Aqib Talib on IR, with a potential on him returning in eight weeks. The Rams traded starting cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens but also executed a blockbuster trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars bring all-pro corner Jaylen Ramsey to the Rams.
The Rams will face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and it has yet to be determined if Ramsey will be able to play considering missing the last three weeks of practice,