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Report: Aqib Talib's Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Sprain, Out at Least 1 Month

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2018

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib participates in a joint NFL football training camp practice at the Baltimore Raven's headquarters, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday in a 35-23 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday.

According to Schefter, Talib will miss at least a month of action. The news comes on the same day NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Rams believe cornerback Marcus Peters has a calf strain. Schefter reported Peters "is considered day to day."

Rapoport reported Peters is likely to be out two to four weeks, so Schefter's update provides some encouragement for the Rams.

Still, it seems likely Los Angeles will be without both of its starting quarterbacks Thursday for a difficult home matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

Kirk Cousins is second in the NFL in passing yards (965), while Adam Thielen sits second in both receptions (32) and receiving yards (338). Stefon Diggs, meanwhile, is eight days removed from a nine-reception, 128-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers.

Looking further ahead, Talib will also miss the Oct. 7 matchup at Seattle and then road games against Denver and San Francisco. His availability may be in doubt for Oct. 28 against Green Bay in Week 8.

Even more worrisome, the Rams' injury problems extend beyond Talib and Peters.

John Clayton @JohnClaytonNFL

The Rams are in tough shape this week. Andrew Whitworth had minor knee surgery Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters suffers ankle injuries. The Rams play the Vikings Thursday.

Rich Hammond @Rich_Hammond

Sean McVay went through the injury list -- Talib, Peters, Easley, Natson -- then had to turn to PR director @artistwyman and ask if he forgot any. That kind of day.

At 3-0, Los Angeles is one of four NFL teams still unbeaten. But the lingering injuries to a number of key players put a slight damper on things as the Rams look to get back to the NFL playoffs.

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