Friday, December 24 update: The Rams have activated Higbee off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of their Sunday game against the Vikings, per Ian Rapoport. He missed this past week’s Tuesday game against the Seahawks but appears likely to play on Sunday against Minnesota.
Tuesday, December 21 update: Higbee remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not be able to clear it for Tuesday’s delayed Rams-Seahawks game, per Adam Schefter. Brycen Hopkins and Kendall Blanton are the backups but really the passing will flow through Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Van Jefferson.
Tuesday, December 14 update: Rams TE Tyler Higbee had a positive COVID test on Monday followed by two negative tests, and was therefore placed in COVID safety protocols. After missing the Rams Week 14 matchup against the Cardinals, Higbee’s official PCR test came back negative on Tuesday, allowing him to be activated back to the roster.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee won’t be available tonight for their Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Higbee is yet another Rams player that has been placed in the COVID-19 protocols, per Gary Klein.
Higbee has dominated tight end snaps for the Rams this season, so there isn’t a tight end behind him ready to take on a big role in the offense tonight. We will likely see Odell Beckham Jr. and Van Jefferson see the biggest increase in work, while Sony Michel could be asked to do more as well. Cooper Kupp is already nearing his upside each game, but could also be relied on a bit more too.
The Rams will also be without cornerback Jalen Ramsey, which should help the Cardinals move the ball easier and get the Rams needing to press their offense, sans Higbee, to put up points fast. If they can be successful, the Rams skill players could see an uptick in fantasy points.