It’s only May, but three players have already torn their ACLs in OTAs. This time, unfortunately, one was a member of the Los Angeles Rams. according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Rams outside linebacker Morgan Fox suffered a torn ACL in practice Thursday.
This is a brutal blow for the Rams, who are already thin at outside linebacker. Fox’s season-ending injury comes not long after Sean McVay announced that Ogbonnia Okoronkwo underwent foot surgery and will be out until training camp.
Last season, Fox recorded 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one safety and a forced fumble, all while playing sparingly on defense. He was more of a role player last season, mostly lining up at defensive end, but the Rams saw him as a versatile piece heading into 2018.
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Fox signed with the Rams in 2016 as an undrafted free agent after playing at Colorado State Pueblo. he managed to work himself onto the field regularly last season in his second season with the team.
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Fox’s injury depletes a defensive line that is already practicing without star tackle Aaron Donald, who has not reported for the voluntary workouts because of a contract dispute. Tackle Dominique Easley also is not participating in team drills while recovering from knee surgery.
The injury will force Fox to miss the entire 2018 season.
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Paul Worrilow and Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry also sustained torn ACLs this week during the first week of OTAs.
You can expect the Rams to waive Fox with an injury designation and for him to revert to injured reserve after clearing waivers.
Fox, 23, wound up signing a three-year, $1.62 million contract with the Rams as an undrafted Free agent back in 2016. He was unfortunately among their roster cuts coming out of the preseason but was later signed to their practice squad and eventually promoted to their active roster.
Fox stands to make a base salary of $630,000 for the 2018 season.