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Report: Rams RB Darrell Henderson not expected to play in Week 3 vs. Bucs

We break down the news that Rams RB Darrell Henderson is a game-time decision for Week 3 vs. Tampa Bay.

Los Angeles Rams Running Back Darrell Henderson (27) carries the ball during the NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts on September 19, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sunday update — Henderson remains questionable for Week 3 vs. the Bucs, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Rams RB is not expected to play.

Friday update: Sean McVay tells reporters that Darrell Henderson will be a game-time decision, per ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. McVay says it will come down to pain tolerance for Henderson and his rib cartilage injury.

Thursday update: Darrell Henderson remained out of practice on Thursday with his rib injury, per ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry. The team is likely giving his ribs a rest for as long as they can before testing him out on Friday. But even if he suits up, he’ll likely lose some work to Sony Michel. If you have Henderson rostered in fantasy football, the best news would be for his ribs to get some rest while Michel knocks his head against the Buccaneers defensive line wall.

Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson didn’t practice on Wednesday with a rib injury, per ESPN’s Lindsay Thiry. Henderson missed the end of the Rams Week 2 game with the injury, but hasn’t been ruled out for Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

At this point it doesn’t look great for Henderson to play a full set of snaps even if he isn’t ruled out. He told reporters “you can definitely expect to see Sony, and Jake (Funk) possibly utilized more this week. We’re hopeful and optimistic that we’ll get Darrell back, but that will be something that we’ll monitor throughout the course of the week,” per The Rams Wire.

Fantasy football implications

Henderson was on pace for great usage through the first two games, but this injury will slow him down and if Michel can continue to make a case for playing time, we will likely see more of a committee moving forward. If Henderson can’t go this week, Michel becomes a decent flex play, but if Henderson does play, it will muddle their usage.