Here’s what we learned, what we heard and what comes next after the Rams’ 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, which dropped them to 3-8 and extended their losing streak to five games:
A.D. DEALING WITH ANKLE INJURY
Aaron Donald became the latest injured star player for the Rams.
The All-Pro defensive lineman suffered an ankle sprain against the Chiefs, Rams coach Sean McVay announced Monday.
McVay said the medical team believes that Donald might be dealing with a high ankle sprain and they’re waiting for more results to determine his recovery timeline, putting his game status in doubt for this week against the Seattle Seahawks.
“He’s still meeting with the doctors and getting the necessary scans and things like that,” McVay said. “On Wednesday, when we reconvene I’ll have a little bit more information for you.”
Rams safety Nick Scott was pleased about giving the defense its first takeaway since Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers, but he was disappointed that his interception didn’t make a lasting impact.
Scott picked off Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the end zone on a pass intended for tight end Travis Kelce during a third-and-goal from the 4-yard line with the Rams trailing 20-10 with 8:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Two plays later, the Rams gave the ball back to Mahomes in the red zone after Perkins threw his first of two interceptions.
“Takeaways are always good, but you’re always hoping they kinda can affect the game a little bit better,” Scott said. “The goal is to get takeaways, to put us in a better position. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that.
“He’s an off-schedule thrower. Just kinda trying to be visual, make a play. It wasn’t really anything special. It was a bad throw by him, so just gotta make him pay.”
The Rams’ defense ended its four-game drought without a takeaway.
A positive from having many veteran offensive linemen in the locker room to combat the wave of injuries is the younger players get to learn from a variety of experienced linemen.
A.J. Arcuri, a rookie seventh-round pick, applied what he learned from his veteran teammates during his first career start on Sunday against the Chiefs. Arcuri got the nod at left tackle, becoming the 13th offensive lineman to start in a game for the Rams this season.
He’s also the fourth lineman to start at left tackle this season and his presence gave the Rams an 11th offensive line combination in as many games.
Arcuri learned from watching and practicing with Joe Noteboom, Alaric Jackson and Ty Nsekhe, the Rams’ first three left tackles this season. He also learned from right tackle and team captain Rob Havenstein.
“All these guys coming in, because everybody has a different perspective or has diverse techniques and different tools to give you,” Arcuri said. “I just tried to pick everyone’s brain and see what works for me and learn from all those guys.”
The Rams will face the Seahawks twice in the final six games, with the first meeting coming Sunday at SoFi Stadium. It will also be Bobby Wagner’s first game against the team he spent 10 seasons with before joining the Rams in the offseason.
Wagner is probably itching to get a win against his former Seattle teammates, but that will be a difficult challenge without Donald and many other key players dealing with injuries.