The Rams, who were close to being eliminated from the playoffs, did without running back Darrell Henderson and outside linebacker Justin Hollins, the team announced Tuesday.
Those were the latest moves from a team that lost in a game to the Kansas City Chiefs 3-7, four straight losses at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
With star receiver Cooper Kupp sidelined following ankle surgery, injuries and quarterback Matthew Stafford’s offensive line for the game and a potential concussion in doubt, the Rams appear to be preparing for 2023.
Henderson, 25, has been sidelined several times during his more than three seasons with the Rams, who picked him in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft. He was in the final year of his rookie contract and the Rams had no plans to re-sign him.
Henderson rushed for 1,742 yards and had 17 touchdowns in 50 games, including 28 starts. His best season came in 2021, when he rushed for 688 yards and had eight touchdowns in 10 games.
Henderson has rushed for 283 yards and three touchdowns in seven games this season.
Third-year pro Cam Akers, who returned from a two-game exile after the Rams failed to trade him, appears to have regained his status as the Rams’ No. 1 running back. Rookie running back Kyren Williams is stepping up after a fine performance in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Hollins, 26, signed with the Rams in 2019 after being fired by the Denver Broncos. He had six sacks in 34 games, including one this season.
The Rams also dropped Kendall Blanton from the practice team.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-11-22/rams-waive-darrell-henderson-justin-hollins Rams waive RB Darrell Henderson and OLB Justin Hollins