May 19, 2022

Rams’ Robert Woods feels the support after injury

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SANTA CLARA — It’s not unusual for a player to write a public thank-you to fans after he gets traded. It’s something else to do it after he gets injured.

Rams wide receiver Robert Woods did that this week.

Woods posted a message on Twitter headlined “To my family, friends, teammates, coaches, and the greatest fans in the world.”

“Thank you for all the calls, texts, prayers and well wishes,” Woods said the day after he was declared out for the season Friday with a knee injury. “You have lifted me up in a time that still feels so surreal.”

Woods, in his ninth season in the NFL out of Serra High (Gardena) and USC, pointed out that it’s the first time he’ll fail to complete a season.

“As heartbroken as I am to not be on the field with my brothers as the season progresses, I have the utmost confidence in them and what they’re capable of achieving,” said Woods, who hasn’t been available to reporters since being injured running a pass pattern in a non-contact drill Friday.

The Rams’ second-leading receiver, with 45 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns, said his focus is “giving my all to get back to doing what I love, with the people I love most.”

Rams receiving leader Cooper Kupp noted that Woods injury happened three years almost to the day after Kupp’s season-ending ACL tear in 2018.

The team hasn’t said how long it expects Woods’ rehabilitation to take, but Kupp’s experience offers a guide. Kupp was limited in offseason workouts in 2019 but was cleared to go full speed at the start of training camp. He had a career-high 94 catches for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns that season.

Odell Beckham Jr., signed on Friday, was active for the Rams’ game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, joining the wide receiver corps with Kupp, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek and J.J. Koski.

NIGHT MOVES

Cornerback Dont’e Deayon, listed as questionable with a thigh injury, was among the Rams’ inactive players Monday night.

Center Brian Allen (elbow) and cornerback Darious Williams (ankle), also questionable, were declared active 90 minutes before kickoff.

As expected, outside linebacker Von Miller (ankle) was declared active for his Rams debut.

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The Rams have a week off before going on the road to face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Nov. 28.

The Packers are 8-2 after beating the Seattle Seahawks, 17-0, on Sunday, making the NFC North leaders 3-0 against the NFC West this season.

The Packers beat the Rams, 32-18, at Lambeau Field in the second round of the playoffs last January.

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