The Los Angeles Rams were already thin at running back before Darrell Henderson left Monday’s practice early with a thumb injury. Fans of the NFC West club feared the worst when news broke that the 24-year-old had left the team’s workout.
However, the Rams still have reason to be optimistic about their running back situation based on information that came out later on Monday evening.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Henderson’s injury is not considered to be major. Rapoport said that a source called the issue a “slight sprain.”
The Rams can breathe a sigh of relief after the latest update. Henderson has been the team’s lead running back since projected 2021 starter Cam Akers went down with a torn Achilles much earlier in the offseason. If the thumb sprain isn’t that serious, he should be back and ready to play soon.
#Rams RB Darrell Henderson, who left practice early with a thumb injury, did not suffer a major injury, source said. Just a slight sprain.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2021
Prior to the positive update about Henderson, the Rams running back room looked rather bleak. Third-string ballcarrier Raymond Calais injured his foot in Saturday night’s preseason game and was waived with an injury designation afterwards.
That leaves the Rams with Xavier Jones, Jake Funk and Otis Anderson as the other options in the backfield apart from Henderson. The position is pretty thin, even with Henderson as the starter, but head coach Sean McVay maintained that he and the coaching staff still feel good about the unit.
“We feel good about the group that we have right now,” McVay said, via Andrew Siciliano of NFL Media. “We’re going to continue to evaluate it.”
The Rams will need Henderson to carry the ground game right away, provided that he’s ready to start the regular season. Time will tell what his health is like when Week 1 rolls around.