Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14
Myles Simmons of StLouisRams.com confirmed Trumaine Johnson will miss Sunday's game:
#Rams inactives: L. Joyner, T. Johnson, T. Mason, T. Watts, B. Jones, M. Conrath, A. Bayer.— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) September 14, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
Myles Simmons of StLouisRams.com confirmed Trumaine Johnson's absence for Sunday's game:
#RamsInactives: C. Keenum, T. Mason, M. Alexander, B Jones, A. Bayer, E. Westbrooks. On defense, Gaines starting at CB for Johnson.— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) September 7, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has an update on Johnson's knee:
MRI revealed a sprained MCL for Rams corner Trumaine Johnson. Likely a 6 week timetable— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 24, 2014
The injury bug has been stinging the St. Louis Rams in Saturday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. After several prominent players went down before him, cornerback Trumaine Johnson suffered a knee injury.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 had the news on Johnson along with the other important Rams who were hurt:
Cart coming for Rams CB Trumaine Johnson. He's been writhing in pain. Left knee.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 24, 2014
Rams now have two guys down - CB Trumaine Johnson and DT Michael Brockers. Already lost Bradford and Saffold tonight.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 24, 2014
USA Today's Jim Corbett offered more details on the second-quarter play that saw Johnson get carted off the field at FirstEnergy Stadium:
Looks like Trumaine Johnson's left knee buckled when he took a helmet to his knee— Jim Corbett (@ByJimCorbett) August 24, 2014
Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network weighed in:
Rams CB Trumaine Johnson goes off on a cart, towel over his head. Looked like friendly fire on that one. But still... not a good trip to CLE— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 24, 2014
The good news is that the Rams jumped out to a 20-0 lead, with many of their backups able to put up points against many Browns defensive starters. However, the preseason can be deceptive, as defensive end Chris Long said recently, per ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner:
The guys in those locker rooms and in the film room and on the team learn a lot, but often times the people outside the building don’t learn as much because it’s hard to decipher what’s real and what’s not. That’s the way preseason is, it’s not always indicative of how things are going to go on the field. For us it’s just about continuing to work on the little things and the result will become more important in a couple of weeks.
With the way things look in St. Louis, Saturday alone may go a long way in determining its fate in a tough NFC West division. It appears that Johnson's injury is severe, and while the Rams have a strong front seven, their secondary is a bit of a question mark.
The veteran presence of Cortland Finnegan, who was released by the Rams in the offseason, was already going to be difficult to replace. St. Louis has now lost a prospective starter in Johnson for an extended period of time. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is a former NFL defensive back and could have coached Johnson up into a quality contributor on what should still be a solid defense.
But quarterback Sam Bradford exited the game, too, due to a left knee injury—the same one he suffered a torn ACL in last season. Until the QB situation is solved, it won't matter much how good the Rams defense is.