The Los Angeles Rams suffered a major hit to their defensive line when an MRI confirmed DE Dominque Easley tore his ACL during practice on Monday, August 1, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. No timetable has been set for Easley’s possible return.
History has not been kind to Easley, who tore both of his ACLs while playing at Florida. He also missed time with knee and thigh injuries in 2014 and 2015.
The 25-year-old Easley signed with the Rams after being released by the New England Patriots in 2016. He responded by turning in a career-high 3.5 sacks while earning a starting job. Easley’s 2016 performance made it easier for the Rams to trade William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins during the offseason. The team is now in a bind with Michael Brockers serving as the only starting defensive lineman in camp with Aaron Donald holding out. Easley’s injury should put more pressure on the Rams to get Donald re-signed and in training camp as soon as possible.