Disaster has struck the Los Angeles Rams defense as the team has lost projected starting inside linebacker Travin Howard for the season after he suffered a torn meniscus in practice according to Sean McVay.
Sean McVay says that LB Travin Howard tore his meniscus, will have surgery and is out for the season.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 1, 2020
The Rams let starting inside linebacker Cory Littleton walk in free agency and only have one true confirmed starter in Micah Kiser at the position. The position was already under heavy scrutiny from analysts alike due to the lack of experience and depth. Now, it’s expected that Kenny Young who the Rams receiving in the Marcus Peters deal last season and undrafted rookie free agent from last season Troy Reeder will compete for the role next to Kiser. It’s worth mentioning that the Rams have also added two linebackers via free agency in Derrick Moncrief and Daniel Bituli that might get an opportunity to carve out a spot that might not have been there before this injury. As for the rookie seventh-round pick Clay Johnston, this also became a massive opportunity for him as he fights to make the 53-man roster this weekend.
Howard suited up in every game for the Rams last year and notched 22 tackles in addition to his three pass breakups. The 24-year old is by no means done with the Rams because of this but this injury could have an impact on his long-term future in the league. The former safety turned linebacker was looking for the opportunity to finally start after being taken in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.