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Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams is expected to miss several games, but should return, at the latest, after their Week 10 bye, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Wednesday.
Williams suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday’s 26-9 win over the Arizona Cardinals, a game in which he rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown. A source previously told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Williams is expected to miss at least Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Running back Ronnie Rivers was also injured in Sunday’s game, suffering a knee injury.
On Monday, coach Sean McVay did not offer a specific timeline for their return, saying only that “the initial diagnosis looks like it’s going to be a challenge for these guys for the foreseeable future.”
As a result of the injuries, the Rams elevated Royce Freeman to the active roster and signed Darrell Henderson, who was waived by the team last season, to the practice squad. Additionally, the Rams have signed running back Myles Gaskin from the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad and added him to their active roster, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
McVay said Monday that the Rams are still “working through” the plan without Williams and Rivers, but noted that rookie Zach Evans got his first carry after injuries on Sunday.
Through six games this season, Williams has 456 yards on 97 carries and 105 yards on 13 catches.
The second-year player entered the season as the Rams’ No. 2 fullback, but after the opener, he was given the No. 1 spot. Cam Akers, who began the season as the starter, was inactive in Week 2 and then was traded to the Vikings, leaving Williams as the clear lead.
Williams has seven total touchdowns this season (six rushing, one receiving).
ESPN’s Sarah Barshop contributed to this report.
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