Kyren Williams Out With Concerning Injury as Rams' OTAs Begin

Los Angeles Rams RB Kyren Williams is dealing with a concerning injury as the team begins OTAs.
Dec 21, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (23) reacts
Dec 21, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams (23) reacts / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams got another step closer to the 2024 season with the start of the team's OTA workouts this week. This provides the chance for returning and new arrivals to build some chemistry, as well as learn the core principles of the playbook for the upcoming year.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, however, one key contributor isn't around to participate.

Rams head coach Sean McVay told the local media on Tuesday that stud running back Kyren Williams has a "foot issue" that's currenly sidelining him. The injury will even keep him out of the offseason workout program, but noted Williams should be ready for training camp.

This news is definitely a concern, even this far out from Week 1. Foot injuries can nag players for weeks given how much they demand from their lower bodies to perform at a high level.

This is especially troublesome for a position like running back that demands players to repeatedly absorb contact throughout an entire game, which just opens the door for re-aggravation of any hurting body part.

Now, Williams will have quite a bit of time to get right. The fact McVay said it was an "issue" instead of an outright "injury" expresses some confidence it's not anything serious, too, so this isn't a red-alert situation just yet.

Williams' health will be key to the Rams sticking around in the NFC playoff picture once again. The former fifth-round pick is coming off of a ridiculous 2023 campaign that saw him record 1,114 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, plus another 206 yards and 3 TDs through the air, en route to his first career Pro Bowl nod.

This foot problem could curb some of his electric playmaking if it doesn't heal properly, so it's great to see the Rams being as cautions as possible with his return to the field. In the meantime, third-round pick Blake Corum will have a huge opportunity to prove his value right away.

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