Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams have activated defensive back Dominique Hatfield from the practice squad. Hatfield will be replacing the veteran starting cornerback Aqib Talib, whom the Rams have placed IR today. Talib injured his ankle last Sunday while the Rams were playing the Los Angeles Chargers.
Talib's injury had enough damage that it required surgery in which he's scheduled to have performed tomorrow. Hatfield, another one of those undrafted rookies who played collegiately at the University of Utah, and also a Los Angles native, will be on the active roster first time this season.
Hatfield broke the 53-man roster last season with the Rams and ironically he faced his biggest challenge against the Minnesota Vikings. The Rams lost their starting cornerback Kayvon Webster to a concussion and backup cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman to a thigh injury in the first half, the Rams turned to Hatfield and Blake Countess.
Hatfield will seek to avenge his poor play from his game last season against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota. Vikings receiver Adam Theilen had been just a bit too much for Hatfield catching the ball.
The play that put the fork in the turkey is when Theilen catches a quick out and shook Hatfield and was on his way for a 61-yard touchdown. The Rams went on to lose that game 24-7 to the Vikings breaking their four-game win streak.
Hatfield, with another season under his belt and with the divine wisdom of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant, definitely will have the kid ready for this game when his number is called.