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 Latest Rams Player Notes
Jul 18 2017 - Trumaine Johnson
  CB Trumaine Johnson was unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension Monday with the Rams, and he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Rams previously placed the franchise tag on Johnson, and the deadline for signing such players to long-term contracts was Monday. Johnson will be paid $17 million this season before reaching free agency. Johnson was slowed by an ankle injury and only intercepted one pass last season, yet he became the first cornerback to be tagged for a second straight season since Charles Woodson in 2005.


Jul 15 2017 - Tyler Higbee
  TE Tyler Higbee of the Los Angeles Rams entered into an agreement to avoid jail time, pleading guilty to an assault charge in a 2016 incident in Kentucky that left a man hospitalized. The 24-year-old Higbee, a former Western Kentucky standout, pleaded guilty Friday to assault under extreme emotional disturbance. Bowling Green (Ky.) Police said Higbee punched Nawaf Alsaleh during a fight in April 2016. Alsaleh was later diagnosed with a concussion. A month after his arrest, the 6-6, 257-pound Higbee was drafted in the fourth round by the Rams in 2016. He caught 11 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in 16 games last season.


Jul 14 2017 - Mike Thomas
  WR Mike Thomas has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the league announced Friday. Thomas will be eligible to return to the Rams' active roster on Monday, Oct. 2 following the team's Oct. 1 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. The league did not give specifics on Thomas' violation.


Jun 27 2017 - Trumaine Johnson
  CB Trumaine Johnson is expected to play the season on the franchise tender after reportedly being unable to reach a long-term deal with the Rams. Johnson, 27, signed his $16.742 million franchise tender for the 2017 season in March, guaranteeing that he will be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL next season. However, Johnson will reportedly not sign a new deal with the Rams before the league's July 17 deadline. In 14 games last season with Los Angeles, Johnson recorded 57 tackles, one interception and 11 passes defensed.


Jun 5 2017 - Mike Thomas
  WR Mike Thomas has been a standout among a competitive young group of wide receivers for the Rams during OTAs. Of all the young receivers, Thomas has the speed and size to be a big-time downfield threat. And he is flashing that. "What you like about Mike is he's a competitive player," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "He's got some speed. You've got the ability to push the ball down the field with him. "I think he's getting more and more confident with his hands and just becoming a more polished player -- with just his routes and increasing that route versatility. What we've seen from Mike so far has been encouraging and he's made plays down the field. You can feel him, he's got some speed that gives you the ability to stretch the top-shelf of the defense and that's what he's done so far."


Jun 5 2017 - Trumaine Johnson
  CB Trumaine Johnson was back on the field Monday as the Los Angeles Rams began their final phase of OTAs. Johnson told the media he was absent last week because of a personal issue "that I needed to take care of." But he didn't communicate to the team that he wasn't going to attend. "I understand it's a distraction," Johnson said. "I've got to do a better job of communicating with them." The fact Johnson was back Monday is a good sign if contract issues were a concern. Johnson, as of right now, will play next season on a franchise tag for $16.7 million. But he prefers a long-term contract. "Right now, I'm happy to be here and playing ball," Johnson said. "I'm controlling what I can control, and when that contract stuff comes up, I'll handle it." The Rams have also expressed a willingness to lock Johnson up long term but have also said they're taking a wait-and-see approach to confirm he is a good fit for the defensive scheme under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Johnson said he can play in any system. "I'm a complete corner," Johnson said.


Jun 5 2017 - Jared Goff
  QB Jared Goff looks like a different player from this time a year ago. And while Sean McVay is new to working with Goff -- and OTAs are far different from training camp and the regular season -- the Rams' new head coach is impressed. "It's hard until you actually work with a guy. You evaluate the traits and the characteristics, but I think what he's done above the neck in terms of the way that he's handled the different things and situations that we've put him in, (we've) been very pleased so far," McVay said. "We know that game-like atmosphere, you try to create that so that you can mimic and emulate those situations in practice. But until you're actually live as a quarterback, that's when you truly get challenged. You're having to move with the rush, avoid guys that can really tackle you. That's always the best evaluator. I think he has done a nice job improving every single day and that's what's going to give us a chance."


Jun 5 2017 - Tavon Austin
  WR Tavon Austin has been unavailable during OTAs because of offseason wrist surgery. "I think with what he can control in the framework of his injury, Tavon is doing really a nice job," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "He's active on the sidelines, you see that he's continuing to try to just perfect his craft with being able to run routes, work on his hand-eye coordination while he can't fully utilize that wrist. He's been engaged in meetings. We wish he had him available right now, but I think he's doing a nice job being able to control what he can and he's getting better within the framework of that."


Jun 5 2017 - Robert Woods
  WR Robert Woods, one of the Rams' off-season acquisitions, has looked solid so far in OTAs. "Any time that you have guys that have had success in this league, they come in and they kind of set the standards with the way that they practice, the way that they prepare, the way they approach every single day as a pro," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "I think he's done a really nice job. Then you see it translate where he's making plays out here consistently, moving around the formations. He's doing what we had hoped. And I think he's doing a nice job setting the example for the younger guys around him in that room to show what it looks like."


May 22 2017 - Jared Goff
  QB Jared Goff is adjusting to a new system in his second year, with first-year head coach Sean McVay completely overhauling the offense left behind by former coach Jeff Fisher. "It's way different. It's a way different offense," Goff said, "personally, from my brief experience with it. I've had a quicker time learning it, easier time learning it. "I don't know whether that's scheme or the way it's taught or whatnot, but I've enjoyed spending time with the coaches and picking it up pretty quickly." As first days go, Goff was pleased with the work the Rams put in. "It felt good. It was similar to the first day of minicamp, I think," he said. "Everyone has got some nerves, some excitement, a little bit of everything. Went out there and thought the practice went by a lot faster than you would expect. It was fun. It was a good day. Obviously, a lot of stuff to work on, still early on in the spring here. But I feel good."


May 22 2017 - Aaron Donald
  DE Aaron Donald was a no-show at the Los Angeles Rams' first full-team organized team activities on Monday, but his absence was contract-related. The Rams were aware in advance that Donald would not be there, and they appeared to be OK with it. Donald is in the fourth year of his five-year rookie contract, but Rams general manager Les Snead indicated the franchise and Donald are in the "serious stage" of renegotiating a new one. "I'm very hopeful about it," Snead said. Donald has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of his three NFL seasons. In 2017, he started all 16 games and recorded 47 tackles, eight sacks, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. The question now is how much he is worth. "It's a process," Snead said. "We like Aaron. There's no doubt he's a really good player. We want him to be a Ram. That's our goal. We think he wants to be a Ram. That's what we're working toward."


May 22 2017 - Todd Gurley
  RB Todd Gurley is looking to put the sophomore slump in 2016 behind him. Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards as a rookie but tailed off to 885 yards last year. "Obviously, just want to be able to not have the season we had last year," Gurley said. "Like I said, I just work hard every day and then just come with the mindset of just trying to get better at one little thing each day." He is hoping a new head coach and offensive system gets him untracked. "Obviously, this is a new system and just the big thing -- even though we coached it a little bit last year -- but just a lot more detail," Gurley said. "'We, not me,' just putting the team first. I felt like we did that in the past. Like I said, this coach, he's harped on attention to detail and being situational masters."


May 22 2017 - Mike Thomas
  WR Mike Thomas looks bigger and more confident in his second year, and he made a nice play on a long pass up the sideline while connecting with second-year QB Jared Goff. Thomas had three catches for 37 yards last year as a rookie draft pick out of Southern Mississippi, but he has the size and speed to be a factor in his second season on a team in desperate need of playmakers.


May 6 2017 - Tavon Austin
  WR Tavon Austin won't be on the field for the Rams' organized team activities later this month after undergoing wrist surgery. Austin's surgery on Thursday was an arthroscopic procedure to repair ligament damage on his left wrist, according to ESPN. Austin is expected to be back in time for training camp and see how he will fit into an offense under new head coach Sean McVay. The Rams, currently in the second phase of offseason workouts, begin OTAs on May 23., while training camp starts in late July.


May 1 2017 - Troy Hill
  CB Troy Hill was suspended for the first two games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse. Hill will miss the first two games of the regular season but will be able to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He is eligible to return for the Week 3 matchup against the Washington Redskins. An undrafted free agent out of Oregon, Hill appeared in 12 games (four starts) for the Rams last season and registered 40 tackles.


Apr 12 2017 - Aaron Donald
  DT Aaron Donald had his fifth-year option exercised by the Rams. That option will be worth $6.892 million for the 2018 season, guaranteed for injury only. Donald, 25, is set to make $1.8 million in his fourth season. Donald, the No. 13 overall pick in 2014, was named to the Pro Bowl in his first three NFL seasons and made 28 career sacks over 48 games. In 2016, he recorded 47 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles.


Apr 5 2017 - John Sullivan
  C John Sullivan signed with the Rams to fill one of the team's starting needs on the offensive line. Sullivan, 31, started 93 of 109 games for the Vikings from 2008 to 2014 and spent last season as a backup with Washington, where new Rams head coach Sean McVay served as offensive coordinator. Sullivan played in 13 games and made one start for the Redskins in 2016. He missed the 2015 season with a back injury.


Apr 1 2017 - Connor Barwin
  OLB Connor Barwin was a second-wave free agency addition to the Rams, but brings with him a level of production that should fit perfectly with new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Barwin has been a productive player at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but slumped last year when move to defensive end in a 4-3. That, coupled with the Eagles' need to free up money to help add weapons and protection to young quarterback Carson Wentz led to Barwin being cut loose. Barwin had 26.5 sacks from 2013-15 with the Eagles in the 3-5 but only five playing in the 4-3 last season. He is especially looking forward to reuniting with Phillips, who coached him two seasons in Houston. "Wade did a lot for me in the two years I was with Houston," Barwin said. "He taught me so much about being a pro, enjoying being around the game every single day and he really elevated my game as a pass rusher."


Apr 1 2017 - Andrew Whitworth
  Andrew Whitworth was the Rams top target to improve their play at left tackle, but also serve as a mentor to quarterback Jared Goff and help solidify an offensive line ranked among the worst in the NFL last season. The 35-year-old Whitworth has graded out as one of the time three left tackles over the last three years and keeps himself in top physical shape. "As I've always said it's a simple thing and cliche of just doing your job. But the reality is that if every single football player goes out there and does their job we're going to play real well," Whitworth said. "The first thing I have to do is do my job well and hopefully that can impact and influence throughout my group. I know some of those guys and I think a lot of some of them. I think that from the guys that I do know, I look forward to getting the chance to know the rest of them and know them better - kind of know who they are as a player and how I can help."


Apr 1 2017 - Robert Woods
  WR Robert Woods is coming home, literally. The former USC wide receiver who grew up in the Los Angeles area is returning to his hometown after signing with the Rams as a free agent. The veteran spent his first four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he caught 203 passes for 2,451 yards and 12 touchdowns. "I've always wanted to come home and play for the hometown team," Woods said. "The Rams made the trip home and so did I."


Mar 14 2017 - Greg Zuerlein
  K Greg Zuerlein signed a three-year contract to remain with the Rams on Tuesday. The deal is worth $6.75 million, according to multiple reports.


Mar 10 2017 - Robert Woods
  WR Robert Woods agreed to a five-year, $39 million deal with the Rams on Thursday. Woods appeared in 13 games (10 starts) for the Bills last season, compiling 51 catches for 613 yards and one touchdown.


Mar 10 2017 - Andrew Whitworth
  LT Andrew Whitworth agreed to a three-year, $36 million deal with the Rams on Thursday. He appeared in 168 games (164 starts) for the Bengals the past 11 years, and he hasn't missed a start since 2013.


Mar 9 2017 - Connor Barwin
  DE Connor Barwin was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Barwin came to Philadelphia as an outside linebacker in 2013, signing a six-year, $36 million deal as an unrestricted free agent. Playing left outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, Barwin recorded a career-best 14.5 sacks with 64 total tackles in 2014. Barwin started all 64 regular-season games in his four years with the Eagles and leaves Philadelphia tied for 13th in team history with 31.5 sacks.


Mar 6 2017 - Trumaine Johnson
  CB Trumaine Johnson signed his franchise tender, according to multiple reports. Johnson has a guaranteed salary of at least $16.7 million, which will make him the highest-paid cornerback in 2017. The Rams placed the franchise tag on Johnson for the second consecutive season last week. He had one interception, 57 tackles and 11 passes defensed in 14 games last season.


Mar 1 2017 - Trumaine Johnson
  CB Trumaine Johnson had the franchise tag placed on him for the second consecutive season. The move was expected and will make Johnson the NFL's highest-paid cornerback in 2017 with an expected franchise tag salary of $16 million. The Rams and Johnson can discuss a long-term contract until July 15 at 4 p.m. ET., and if no deal is reached by that time, he will play the 2017 season under the franchise tender.


Jan 11 2017 - Tre Mason
  RB Tre Mason of the Los Angeles Rams was arrested as a result of an ATV incident that occurred in July, the Palm Beach Post reported. Mason, who remains on the Rams' roster after a season during which he did not report, was taken into custody on Tuesday after a warrant for his arrest was issued in December.


Jan 2 2017 - Robert Woods
  WR Robert Woods, an unrestricted free agent in 2017, had four catches for 43 yards in what could be his last game for Buffalo.


Dec 29 2016 - Mike Thomas
  WR Michael Thomas was limited Wednesday with a hip injury.


Dec 29 2016 - Lamarcus Joyner
  CB Lamarcus Joyner did not practice Wednesday with an ankle injury.


Dec 29 2016 - Rob Havenstein
  T Rob Havenstein did not practice Wednesday with an ankle injury.


Dec 29 2016 - Maurice Alexander
  S Maurice Alexander was limited on Wednesday with a concussion.


Dec 26 2016 - Johnny Hekker
  P Johnny Hekker established an NFL single-season record for punts placed inside opponents' 20-yard line with 50. The previous record was 46, set by Dave Zastudil of the Arizona Cardinals in 2012. Hekker punted eight times for 368 yards, a 46-yard average and 44.9-yard net average, against the 49ers. He placed four punts inside the 20-yard line.


Dec 26 2016 - Blake Countess
  CB Blake Countess earned his first career start. Countess also recorded his first sack and led the Rams in tackles with 11 (eight solo).


Dec 26 2016 - Dominique Easley
  DT Dominique Easley sacked Colin Kaepernick to give him 3.5 sacks this season and 6.5 in his career. Easley's 3.5 sacks are the most he's had in one season.


Dec 26 2016 - Aaron Donald
  DT Aaron Donald sacked 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to push his team lead in sacks to eight on the season.


Dec 26 2016 - Cody Davis
  S Cody Davis intercepted a pass by Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and returned it 29 yards to the San Francisco 30-yard line. It was Davis' first NFL interception.


Dec 26 2016 - Tyler Higbee
  TE Tyler Higbee registered his first career touchdown pass on a two-yard pass from Jared Goff.


Dec 26 2016 - Pharoh Cooper
  WR/KR Pharoh Cooper returned a kickoff 51 yards, the second longest of the season for the Rams. Cooper finished the game with four returns for 129 yards, a 32.3-yard average.


Dec 26 2016 - Tavon Austin
  WR Tavon Austin rushed 30 yards and had his first rushing touchdown of the season against the 49ers. Austin has four touchdowns this season. Austin's career scores total 23 (eight rushing, 12 receiving and three on punt returns).


Dec 21 2016 - Aaron Donald
  DT Aaron Donald was named to the Pro Bowl week. It's the third time Donald has made the Pro Bowl


Dec 21 2016 - Maurice Alexander
  S Maurice Alexander did not practice Wednesday while in concussion protocol. His status for Saturday is uncertain.


Dec 21 2016 - Jared Goff
  QB Jared Goff was a full participant in practice Wednesday after suffering a concussion. His status for Saturday is uncertain.


Dec 21 2016 - Johnny Hekker
  P Johnny Hekker was named to the Pro Bowl this week. It's Hekker's third time as a Pro Bowler.


Dec 16 2016 - Ethan Westbrooks
  DE Ethan Westbrooks sacked QB Russell Wilson for a 2-yard loss. It was his second sack of the season and fourth career.


Dec 16 2016 - Jared Goff
  QB Jared Goff left Thursday's game with a possible concussion. He finished 13 of 25 for 135 yards and was sacked four times.


Dec 16 2016 - Jared Goff
  QB Jared Goff, midway through the fourth quarter Thursday, took a hit from Seattle CB Richard Sherman and left with a possible concussion. Case Keenum closed out the contest for the Rams. "You admire the courage, but he's just got to get out of bounds," Rams interim coach John Fassel said of his quarterback. "He's super tough, but a lot of young quarterbacks just need to learn." Goff, the top pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, fell to 0-5 as a starter. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 135 yards.


Dec 15 2016 - Morgan Fox
  DL Morgan Fox was promoted from the practice squad to the Rams' 53-man roster Thursday. .


Dec 15 2016 - David Arkin
  OL David Arkin was promoted from the practice squad to the Rams' 53-man roster on Thursday.


Dec 15 2016 - Benny Cunningham
  RB Benny Cunningham (neck) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.



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