Rams hope LT Whitworth can return in 6-8 weeks

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Lindsey ThiryESPN

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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday that left tackle Andrew Whitworth, safety Taylor Rapp and kicker Kai Forbath will be placed on injured reserve after each suffered significant injuries in a 26-13 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Whitworth, who was carted off the field in the second quarter, has a grade 3 MCL and PCL tear, but McVay expressed optimism that the 15-year-pro will be able to return in six to eight weeks.

“We were all worried it was for sure going to be season-ending,” McVay said. “And that’s not going to be the case.”

Whitworth, who turns 39 next month, will be replaced by third-year pro Joe Noteboom, whom the Rams selected with a third-round pick in 2018.

“He was somebody that we always anticipated when we drafted him out of TCU that he could be a big-time player at the tackle spot,” McVay said about Noteboom, who started two games at left guard this season before he

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