Rams Rumors & News

  • What’s the solution to the anthem protests?

    Pro Football Talk "The Commander-in-Chief continues to express, in 140 characters or less, his views regarding the NFL and the national anthem. Most recently, President Trump suggested that “[t]he only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!” While that would definitely..." September 26

  • Watkins, Woods Are Difference Makers on Thursday Night

    therams.com "When Sean McVay was hired as the Rams head coach earlier this year, one of the first tasks on his agenda was to beef up the team’s wide receiving corps, providing second-year quarterback Jared Goff with a slew of new offensive weapons. On Thursday night, it seemed as though that effort had paid..." September 25

  • Rams’ Ethan Westbrooks arrested on gun charges

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was reportedly arrested over the weekend by Bakersfield Police in California for possession of an unregistered gun. “Westbrooks was stopped this weekend by police in Bakersfield for speeding when sources say police found a firearm not..." September 25

  • Roger Goodell: I’m proud of way our league responded this weekend

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Saturday morning in reaction to President Trump’s Friday night call for the league to get rid of “son of a bitch” players who don’t stand during the playing of the national anthem and his words were followed by many others from owners, players..." September 25

  • Donald Trump continues to take shots at NFL over flag

    Pro Football Talk "If the NFL was hoping Donald Trump would move on to another issue, they were mistaken. The President continued his war on the NFL via Twitter this morning, holding up NASCAR (where owners threatened to fire drivers or crew members who protested during the anthem) as the model for sporting..." September 25

  • Donald Trump Jr. takes a swipe at the NFL, too

    Pro Football Talk "They say football is family. Bashing the National Football League apparently is family, too. Donald Trump Jr. has chimed in regarding the issue his father took to unprecedented heights two nights ago, with this message on Twitter posted within the last hour: “If only Roger Goodell cared as much..." September 25

  • NFL Aiming To Expand London Schedule

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL remains intent on gauging whether or not a franchise could function as a full-time London operation. To measure this, the league wants a team to play in multiple London games during a season. NFL executive VP of international Mark Waller said more games coming to London in subsequent..." September 25

  • Trump urges fans to boycott NFL in ongoing criticism of flag-kneeling players

    Fox News Sports "President Trump on Sunday extended his attack on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, and suggested fans boycott games as he continued his call for team owners to “fire or suspend” the offenders. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag &..." September 24

  • Goodell calls Trump comments divisive, disrespectful

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has responded to Friday night’s comments from President Trump. And the NFL isn’t mincing words. “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “There is no better example than the amazing..." September 23

  • Lightning bolt! TV rating for Rams is higher in St. Louis than LA

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Los Angeles Rams made a brief appearance on St. Louis television last weekend, and they drew a better rating in the market they jilted two years ago than they did in their new hometown. Fox showed the Dallas-Denver NFL game in St. Louis in the late-afternoon slot Sunday, but that matchup..." September 22

  • Report: Predatory Lenders Are Preying On NFL Concussion Settlement Plaintiffs

    Deadspin "As the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement winds its way through the process of getting the money into the hands of the former players it’s supposed to compensate, lawyers for some of those retired players told a federal judge this week about how predatory lenders and advisers have..." September 22

  • If NFL ratings stay low, broadcasters could see a $200 million earnings hit

    Awful Announcing "The NFL’s ratings have been a hot topic of discussion, but it isn’t always apparent just how much a dip may damage broadcasters’ bottom lines. That’s the focus of a Hollywood Reporter piece by Paul Bond and Georg Szalai published Wednesday, though, which features several Wall Street analysts..." September 22

  • Rams WRs Sammy Watkins, Tavon Austin evaluated for concussions

    Larry Brown Sports "Two Los Angeles Rams wide receivers were evaluated for concussions towards the end of the team’s Thursday night victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Both Sammy Watkins and Tavon Austin were evaluated for a concussion during the fourth quarter. Watkins first left the game to be evaluated. That..." September 22

  • NFL doesn’t think a 2018 game in China is feasible

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has continued to do business in China, but it doesn’t appear there’s going to be a game there soon. Via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, any hope of the league playing a regular season game in China appears to be on hold for now, according to the head of the league’s international..." September 21

  • Roger Goodell's NFL extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now'

    CBS Sports "After a bit of turmoil, Roger Goodell's extension finally seems to be on the way. With his current contract expiring in 2019, Goodell's extension is reportedly 'getting papered right now,' according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Owner Jerry Jones was reportedly spearheading a small-scale owners' mutiny..." September 21

  • Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show

    Larry Brown Sports "Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen. A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin..." September 20

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19

  • Rams see need to boost their run game and slow opponents’ attack

    L.A. Daily News "The Rams saw too much of Washington’s run game and not enough of their own. There’s no doubt about the first part. Washington ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns in their victory over the Rams on Sunday. The defensive breakdown seemed startling for a Rams front seven that dominated a week..." September 19

  • Mayor of Los Angeles says his city would've been happy with just the Rams

    CBS Sports "If Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti had been in charge of NFL relocation, it doesn't sound like the Chargers would have ended up in his city. During a recent interview on "The Dan Patrick Show," Garcetti was asked if L.A. might have been better off with just one team (the Rams) after going 22..." September 19

  • Aaron Donald is back on the field for the Rams but has things to tackle

    Los Angeles Times "Aaron Donald read the play, burst into the backfield and nearly grabbed the ball out of midair. But the Rams defensive lineman just missed. Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson took the pitch from quarterback Kirk Cousins and turned the corner for a first-quarter touchdown,..." September 18

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Aaron Donald moves to active roster for the Rams

    Pro Football Talk "One week after he ended his holdout with the Rams, defensive tackle Aaron Donald is ready to rock. The Rams have moved Donald to the active roster, ending the exemption granted by the league office when Donald reported on September 9. The Rams made two other moves on Saturday, waiving center..." September 17

  • Rams announce Aaron Donald will start on Sunday

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Rams will have their star defensive lineman back in action on Sunday. Head coach Sean McVay announced Friday that defensive tackle Aaron Donald will start on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. " September 15

  • Aaron Donald to be on ‘pitch count’ in first game back, Rams say

    Sporting News "Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who ended his holdout last weekend, is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, but he won't be an every-down player. “It’s more of a pitch count I think,” Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told reporters Thursday (via Pro Football..." September 15

  • Rams Sign OT Cornelius Lucas

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Los Angeles Rams officially signed OT Cornelius Lucas to a contract on Wednesday. The Rams actually brought Lucas in a for a workout last week, so he was clearly on their radar as a potential addition. Lucas, 25, signed on with the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State..." September 13

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • Rams Sign P Johnny Hekker To Two-Year Extension That Includes $10M Gtd

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams have signed P Johnny Hekker to a two-year extension that will keep him in L.A. for the next six seasons. This new contract includes $10 million guaranteed, which is the highest punter guarantee ever, according to Schefter. In total, Hekker’s contract..." September 11

  • Rams mocked on social media for poor attendance in season opener

    Sporting News "The Rams opened the 2017 season with a dominant 46-9 win over the Colts, but there weren't many at the L.A. Coliseum to see it. Fans watching the game on television most definitely noticed. The Rams announced a paid attendance of 60,128 in the 93,000-seat stadium. Though 30,000 empty seats..." September 11

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • Rams get a nine-day roster exemption for Aaron Donald

    Pro Football Talk "Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has indeed returned, and the team has reinstated him to the roster. But the Rams didn’t have to make a corresponding roster move to create a space for him. The Rams have received a roster exemption through September 18, which allows them to carry 54 players..." September 10

  • Sammy Watkins passed his pop quizzes, but can he be a grade-A receiver for Rams?

    L.A. Daily News "Sammy Watkins had Jared Goff in one ear, and Sean McVay in the other. Sammy, what do you run on this play? How about this one? How about that first play, but from this other formation? “After the first day,” Watkins said, “I was like, ‘OK, now they’re just trying to see how much I’m studying,’..." September 10

  • Kayvon Webster leaves with shoulder injury

    Pro Football Talk "Rams cornerback Kayvon Webster left in the first half with a right shoulder injury. The Rams list him as questionable to return. But Webster appeared to be in a great deal of pain as he left the field. He had one tackle before departing." September 10

  • Rookie coach Sean McVay helped end Aaron Donald's holdout

    ESPN "One of the men who had a role in ending the stalemate between the Los Angeles Rams and Aaron Donald was rookie head coach Sean McVay, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Rather than traveling with the team to Green Bay for the Rams' final preseason game, McVay went to Atlanta with Rams..." September 10

  • Rams reportedly waived Aaron Donald’s fines from holdout

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Rams defensive Aaron Donald ended his lengthy holdout on Saturday, and the team is not going to penalize him for skipping all of its offseason program and training camp. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Rams waived $1.49 million in fines when Donald passed his physical and..." September 10

  • Rams still hope for a long-term solution with Aaron Donald

    Pro Football Talk "Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald is back. And, per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Rams still want to sign him to a long-term contract. And, as a practical matter, the Rams still hold the cards. With Donald under contract for two more years and then subject to back-to-back..." September 10

  • Aaron Donald avoids financial loss, minimizes injury risk

    Pro Football Talk "Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald wanted to turn the current rookie wage structure upside down. While he didn’t quite do so (yet), Donald has created a new precedent for players caught between picks No. 11 and 32 in the draft. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Rams agreed to..." September 09

  • Aaron Donald out at least this week, won’t play until he’s ready

    Pro Football Talk "Although Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has ended his holdout and reported to the team, he’s not ready to take the field just yet. Donald has already been ruled out for Sunday’s opener against the Colts, and a league source tells PFT that the Rams don’t plan to play him until he’s..." September 09

  • Aaron Donald ends holdout, reports to Rams facility

    NFL.com "Aaron Donald's holdout is over. The Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman showed up to the team's facility Saturday afternoon after a preseason-long absence. The team confirmed that Donald took and passed his physical. The Rams will add Donald to the active roster seeking a roster..." September 09

  • Duane Brown out $552,941, Aaron Donald out $106,014 this week

    Pro Football Talk "NFL players who are unhappy with their contracts routinely miss voluntary offseason work. They sometimes even miss mandatory training camp practices, which come with fines of $40,000 a day. But they hardly ever hold out into the regular season. That’s because players get their base salaries in..." September 09

  • Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson didn't get a long-term contract, but he's a team captain

    Los Angeles Times "Trumaine Johnson is attempting to make the most of a disappointing situation — and he’s off to a noteworthy start. The Rams declined to sign the cornerback to a long-term contract during the offseason, but players voted Johnson a team captain. “It shows you what a great job he’s done on..." September 08

  • Aaron Donald Reportedly Expected to Miss Week 1 vs. Colts Amid Contract Holdout

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald is expected to miss the team's Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday due to his ongoing contract holdout. On Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported there's been "no recent progress" toward a..." September 07

  • Nick Foles: ‘After my time with a certain NFL team, I wanted to retire’

    Sportsnaut "Quarterback Nick Foles has bounced around the league so much the past few seasons, he is now back with the Philadelphia Eagles team that originally drafted him in 2012. A rocky history with one team in particular, had Foles contemplating retirement at one point. He shared this about losing his..." September 06

  • NFL officially hires 21 full-time officials

    Sportsnaut "It was announced earlier in the summer that the NFL would in fact employ nearly two-dozen full-time officials for the 2017 season. It’s the first time that the league has gone to the extent of hiring full-time zebras. The league has now officially made the move, hiring 21 full-time officials..." September 06

  • Aaron Donald still out east as Rams begin Week 1 prep

    NFL.com "Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay might be "optimistic" that Aaron Donald will return soon, but the team's best player is giving no indication he'll be on the field versus the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that with the Rams set for..." September 06

  • McVay won't rule out Aaron Donald for Rams' opener

    NFL.com "The Los Angeles Rams began their full-time preparation for the season opener versus the Indianapolis Colts without their top player, Aaron Donald. The All-Pro defensive tackle remained away on Monday, and while coach Sean McVay reiterated he's "optimistic" Donald will report before Sunday's..." September 05

  • Koetter on Cutler this week: 'He's Joe Namath to us'

    Tampa Bay Times "When Bucs fans last saw Jay Cutler, he was throwing a pick-six and losing a fumble for a safety in Tampa Bay's easiest win of last season, a 36-10 rout of the Bears. That was Cutler's second-to-last game playing for Chicago, and his debut with the Dolphins as a replacement for the injured Ryan..." September 05

  • Rams claim Brandon Allen off waivers

    Pro Football Talk "When the Jaguars briefly opened up their quarterback competition this summer, some wondered if the might look to Brandon Allen along with Blake Bortles and Chad Henne as a possible starter. That never happened as Bortles was reinstalled with the first team after Henne started the team’s third..." September 04

  • Aaron Donald not at Monday’s practice, season opener in serious jeopardy

    Pro Football Talk "Aaron Donald continued his holdout Monday, via multiple tweets, putting his availability for Sunday’s season opener in serious jeopardy. The Rams practiced without their All-Pro defensive tackle on what coach Sean McVay called the “first day of true preparation for our team and for the Colts.”..." September 04