The injury bug bit the Los Angeles Rams’ offense hard last week against the Detroit Lions. For starters, the Rams lost veteran tight end Tyler Higbee to a torn ACL and MCL after taking a brutal hit from Lions safety Kerby Joseph.
In addition to Higbee, the Rams saw second-year running back Kyren Williams get banged up. Williams underwent successful surgery on Tuesday for a broken bone in his hand, according to Rams staff writer Stu Jackson.
Rams News: Kyren Williams Undergoes Surgery
Unlike Higbee’s injury, Williams should be ready for offseason workouts and training camp as he looks to build off a solid 2023 season. The former Notre Dame standout exited last week’s game with a hand injury and was questionable to return.
Before leaving the field, Williams produced 61 yards on 13 carries and a nine-yard catch. The 23-year-old running back somehow finished with 1,000-plus rushing yards despite missing four weeks earlier in the season with a high ankle sprain.
Williams had 1,144 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 32 receptions (48 targets) for 206 yards and three scores. Within those 1,444 rushing yards, the former Notre Dame running back had at least 100 or more yards in four out of his last seven games to end the regular season.
If Williams can stay healthy for a full season in 2024, we shouldn’t be shocked if he has another 1,000 yards on the ground. He has great burst and can run in between the tackles. It also helps that Williams is a factor in the passing game, which will give defenses something else to think about as they try to slow down Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp.
After Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson didn’t work out in Los Angeles, it appears that McVay has found his feature back that he can lean on with confidence to make a play.
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