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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay expects QB Matthew Stafford to play Sunday despite back issue

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Despite quarterback Matthew Stafford spending most of the practice week in the training room, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday that he anticipated Stafford would play against the Tennessee Titans in a prime-time matchup on Sunday.

Because of a back issue, Stafford was held out of practice most of the week, but McVay said he would participate in a limited capacity Friday.

“He doesn’t seem to be concerned about it, but I think we want to err on the side of caution,” McVay said before practice. “When you’re a veteran player like him, you kind of let them dictate the terms, and really he’s always going to be a guy who is going to push it so we’ve been more cautious with him, held him out. He’s going to do a couple things today, but based on the feedback and the way that he’s feeling, I think he’s trending in the right direction.”

“I feel good,” Stafford said about his back earlier this week. “I’ll be fine and play Sunday. I am not worried about it, just stiff.”

Stafford is one of many Rams players who has been nursing an injury or illness ahead of Sunday’s game.

Receiver Robert Woods also has been sidelined and slowed throughout the week because of a foot injury, but McVay indicated Woods would be available.

“I expect them to play,” McVay said about Stafford and Woods.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is dealing with a knee issue and linebacker Ernest Jones a stomach illness, but both are on track to play. Cornerback Darious Williams, who has been recovering from an ankle injury, is anticipated to be activated from injured reserve, McVay said.

It’s uncertain whether Von Miller will be able to make his debut after the Rams completed a blockbuster trade ahead of the deadline earlier this week to acquire the All-Pro outside linebacker.

Miller sprained his left ankle in Week 7, was inactive Week 8 and the Rams are being cautious with his continued recovery and will make him a game-time decision.

“He’s making good progress. It’s hard because we really haven’t had a lot of exposure to Von, and he’s so tough, he’s such a great competitor, he’s always really pushing it,” McVay said. “If you ask Von, I think he would say, ‘Hey I’m feeling better, making good progress,’ and that’s all you can really ask.”

Defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day will undergo surgery after he reaggravated his injured pectoral muscle and will be sidelined indefinitely, McVay said, adding that he was unable to provide any timeline for Joseph-Day’s return. Joseph-Day has started seven games and has three sacks this season.

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Chargers’ Michael Davis makes wild interception in back-and-forth game with Bengals

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CINCINNATI — A potential touchdown turned into a big turnover for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw a deep ball to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase down the sideline with Chargers cornerback Michael Davis trailing behind Chase.

From there, it all went south for Cincinnati. Chase bobbled the pass and deflected it behind him, which allowed Davis to not only make up the distance between them but also give him a chance at an interception.

When the two players went to the ground to pluck the ball out of the air, Davis was the one holding it. He gave the Chargers their second turnover in as many defensive drives and compounded Cincinnati’s woes in a game with playoff implications.

For Chase it was the sixth drop of the season and the second that resulted in an interception, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Things got worse from there for the Bengals. The Chargers turned the turnover into points when quarterback Justin Herbert found Keenan Allen for a 7-yard touchdown pass, giving Los Angeles a 16-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first quarter.

The Chargers extended their lead to 24-0 after a trick play in which Allen found Herbert for 2-point conversion.

Turnovers on three straight possesions by the Chargers allowed the Bengals to claw back to within 24-22 when Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon scored midway through the third quarter.

But a fumble by Mixon at the start of the fourth quarter allowed the Chargers to extend their lead again. It was the sixth turnover of the game.



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Los Angeles Chargers lose star DE Joey Bosa in second half with potential head injury

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Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, long considered the best defender on the team, left the game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

Bosa was being evaluated for a head injury he suffered in the second half as the Chargers attempted to hold off a Bengals’ rally.

Bosa has battled injuries through much of his career, and usually plays through them. This one was a different story, and the Chargers defense struggled in the third quarter without him.

This season, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Bosa has 36 solo tackles and 19 assists to go along with 7.5 sacks. In his absence, Kyler Fackrel took over. No further word on Bosa was immediately available.

The Chargers, at one point up 24-0 over the Bengals, saw their lead shrink to 24-22 in the third.

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Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson, WR Odell Beckham Jr. active vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. is active for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A source had told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team was not optimistic about him being able to play but he would test out his injured thigh before Sunday’s game before it made a decision.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., also is active. Like Henderson, he was listed as questionable. Beckham has a hip injury.

Running back James Robinson is active for the Jaguars. He had been listed as questionable due to heel and knee injuries. Robinson has been hobbled for weeks with the injuries but was feeling better Saturday.

Henderson, the Rams’ top running back, has rushed for 648 yards and five touchdowns this season.

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