By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer           

It’s been a long training camp this year especially without the chance for preseason games. Teams don’t get a live chance to get into game mode. The Rams open the season in the new SoFi Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys on September 13th with a 5:20 kick-off.  

Head coach Sean McVay addressed the media this week and there was a lot said about injuries. Cooper Kupp had soreness in his lower leg and took x-rays as a precaution. The results came back negative. 

“We’re going to monitor him, but he’s feeling good,” said McVay. “There was something that was going on prior to that and we were being extra cautious.” 

Kupp will be ready come game day and if not Van Jefferson would step in. He has looked good in camp. The second-round pick was impressive in the opening scrimmage August 22nd at SoFi Stadium. He caught passes from Jarred Goff and backup John Wolford. 

Veteran Offensive lineman Rob Havenstein returned after dealing with a knee injury from late 2019. He spent a lot of the off season working out at teammate Andrew Whitworth’s home gym. It helped him stay on schedule with his rehab, also gave him a steady place to go since most gyms were closed due to COVID-19. 

“It definitely feels good to be back out there,” said Havenstein. “Coming back off an injury is not the easiest thing.” 

Running back Darrell Henderson is still out with recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the first scrimmage in August. He has been part of a group of backs that include Malcom Brown and Cam Akers. “I certainly wouldn’t rule him out” said McVay. “Were expecting him to be a big part of our running back rotation this year.” 

After showing solid signs early in camp Taylor Rapp is back after being out with a knee injury. “It’s a shame because just when you felt like he was doing such a great job and really getting a grasp on some of our newer things we were doing he had a setback,” McVay stated.  

Newcomers Terry Burgess and Jordan Fuller have filled in well. Fuller who was the 199th pick in this years draft has shown great promise. While Rapp was out he stepped right in with the number one defense, he’s learned the terminology and the system quickly. He communicates well and has created multiple takeaways. 

Havenstein a six-year veteran did like what he saw of SoFi stadium. 

“This is a World Class Stadium and it feels good to be a part of this thing”