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Rams are considering a backup for Kyren Williams, who is out week-to-week; RB Ronnie Rivers placed on IR

Kyren Williams had one “cast-like material” on his left ankle and moved around on a scooter during Los Angeles Rams practice on Wednesday. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ Sunday win against the Arizona Cardinals.

Head coach Sean McVay told reporters that the running back will miss the Rams’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7. This was a significant turnaround from McVay’s initial report, which said the running back was expected to be fine.

“He was running around.” McVay said Wednesday. “Was great [adrenaline]. The way his immediate exam went after that was inconsistent with what some of the scans ultimately revealed about the ankle sprain.”

For now, Williams is week-to-week, but McVay said the team is considering placing him on injured reserve. In six games, Williams rushed for 456 yards and six touchdowns on 97 carries and added 105 receiving yards and a score on 13 receptions.

Los Angeles has already placed No. 2 running back Ronnie Rivers on IR and he is expected to miss four to five weeks after suffering a PCL sprain against the Cardinals. The earliest he can return is Week 12.

As the team considers whether Williams can regain his lead, there is optimism that he can return after the team’s bye in Week 10. according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

The plan for the remaining players in the squad remains to be seen.

Zach Evans is the presumed leader, with Royce Freeman being called up from the practice squad and Myles Gaskin being released from the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad on Tuesday. Although Freeman has more professional experience than Evans – a 2023 sixth-round pick – the rookie has been active in the last two games.

“Obviously you saw Zach Evans getting the first few carries [after Williams and Rivers exited],” McVay told ESPN on Monday. “We have Royce Freeman on our training staff and there will be a few other things we are working on.”

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