Rams' Trumaine Johnson Sustains Ankle Injury
While just a sprain, the injury could sideline Johnson for the time being
The Los Angeles Rams lost twice on Sunday.
The team lost to the Buffalo Bills and dropped their record to 3-2 and their place in the division race from first to second. The defense also lost their best cornerback and arguably one of the most important members of the unit: Trumaine Johnson.
During a fourth quarter play, the corner's ankle appeared to have been stepped on by a Buffalo Bills player. The injury was bad enough that Johnson required a cart to take him off the field, as he was unable to do so. Following the end of the game, Johnson left the locker room with a protective boot and crutches, unavailable to talk with the media.
Head coach Jeff Fisher did not mention Johnson's injury or offer any updates on it during Monday's press conference.
ESPN's Adam Schefter, however, reported that the initial look on the injury is positive, and at-worst, the Rams could be without Johnson for their game against Detroit this week.
Still, the Rams cornerback depth is now dwindling. Before Sunday's game and Johnson's injury, the Rams announced they released cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, who was under 10 months into his three-year deal signed back in the spring. Sensabaugh started opposite Johnson at the start of the season and saw his starting role and playing time gradually recede. Instead, the Rams chose Troy Hill over Sensabaugh when it came to playing opposite Johnson.
The Rams said Sensabaugh was cut to make room for defensive lineman Morgan Fox.
E.J. Gaines will assume Johnson's No. 1 spot, should he be unable to go against Detroit, which will put more pressure on Gaines than he and the Rams would like. Gaines came back to 2016 having sat an entire season in 2015 following an injury. The injury caused him to make a slow, progressive return back to the field, and he's just now seeing more playing time.
After Gaines, the Rams have LaMarcus Joyner, who has been primarily a nickelback covering the slot receivers, and Hill.