Rams grateful David Edwards communicated concussion symptoms

The NFL’s player safety and concussion protocol dominated the news cycle this week after controversies emerged surrounding Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and how the team had handled his situation.

The Rams joined the discussion on Saturday when coach Sean McVay announced that offensive lineman David Edwards would not play Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers because he was put on concussion record.

Bobby Evans will start at left in place of Edwards, putting quarterback Matthew Stafford behind a different line alignment for the fourth time in four games.

Last Sunday, Tagovailoa started against the Buffalo Bills, left the team after suffering an apparent injury and then was allowed to return after going through a concussion. Four days after the Bills game, Tagovailoa started against the Cincinnati Bengals and was hospitalized after suffering head and neck injuries.

Edwards, a fourth-year pro, said he was “a little foggy,” McVay said, and wasn’t training Friday because it was listed as an illness on the Rams injury report. Edwards entered concussion protocol Saturday, McVay said.

“You can’t be too careful with some of these things,” McVay said, adding, “It’s great for him that he was able to communicate and take the right steps, especially with that.” [Tagovailoa] Situation that occurred on Thursday.

“But really, in general, whether that’s what happened with Tua or not, something we take very seriously and I think he’s tackling in the right way.”

McVay acknowledged that the situation in Tagovailoa has raised awareness about player safety. But the Rams followed their regular protocol with Edwards, McVay said.

“It’s about the person in front of the player,” McVay said.

Rams guard David Edwards makes a save for Matthew Stafford during a September 25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Rams guard David Edwards makes a save for Matthew Stafford during a September 25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

(Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

Edwards this week became the second Rams player to be placed under the concussion protocol, which requires players to pass a series of tests and benchmarks before being released for practice and play in games.

Rookie cornerback Derion Kendrick was evaluated for a concussion after last Sunday’s win against the Arizona Cardinals. Kendrick was a limited participant in practice on Thursday but was a full participant on Friday and Saturday and will play against the 49ers.

“I was straight, really straight away, but they didn’t want me to go back in, you know, just to take precautions,” Kendrick said Friday. “I’ve been in the log all week, so I’m fine.”

Injuries have forced the Rams to rearrange the offensive line every game. Center Brian Allen remains sidelined with a knee injury sustained in the season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills, and guard Tremayne Anchrum suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the second game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Rams gave up seven sacks against the Bills. They only allowed one sack against the Atlanta Falcons and the Cardinals.

Sunday’s line consists of left tackle Joe Noteboom, left guard Evans, center Coleman Shelton, right guard Alaric Jackson and right tackle Rob Havenstein.

Evans, a fourth-year pro, has played tackle and guard.

Asked if Tagovailoa’s situation had increased players’ safety awareness, Evans said: “That was probably just a wake-up call for all the teams around the league teams to be aware when the guys aren’t doing well.”

Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey admitted he didn’t know the details of Tagovailoa’s situation. However, Ramsey said the NFL’s focus should be on important issues like player safety — not trivial issues like uniform code violations.

Ramsey, a seventh-year pro, said he was fined during his career for violations related to socks, pants, T-shirts and tights. He said he’s been fined every week this season.

“We need to talk about player safety,” Ramsey said, “like they need to care about it. Not damn… ‘oh his socks are too high’ or ‘his socks are too low’ or something like that. As if that were so lame.”

Etc.

Cornerbacks David Long (groin) and Cobie Durant (hamstring) will not play the 49ers, McVay said. Safety Jordan Fuller (hamstring) was a full participant in practice and will play on Sunday, McVay said.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-10-01/rams-david-edwards-concussion-49ers-injuries-nfl Rams grateful David Edwards communicated concussion symptoms

Emma Bowman

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