Los Angeles Rams’ inside linebacker Micah Kiser suffered a pectoral injury in the second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys in Hawaii. This gives Bryce Hager the opportunity, as both competed for the starting role to fill the position alongside Cory Littleton. Along with the other Rams’ starters, Hager did not play against the Denver Broncos this Saturday in the third game of the preseason. He remains the likely starter for Week 1 at the Carolina Panthers.
Hager is already a special teams starter. He played in all 64 games in the previous four seasons. Drafted by the Rams in 2015, he is one of the few remaining Rams squad that came to Los Angeles from St. Louis. Hager has produced a good showing this preseason with six tackles total and a sack split with Nantrez Patrick on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott.
Micah Kiser’s injury also opens up a roster spot for Patrick and other linebackers Dakota Allen, Ogbonnia “Obo” Okoronkwo, and Landis Durham, all of whom have performed well in the preseason thus far.
There is no word on when Kiser will be back, if at all, this season. It is unclear how he was injured and what the specific nature of the pectoral injury is. The fact that it required surgery implies that it is potentially season-ending.
Head coach Sean McVay and staff have some big decisions to make as roster cuts begin. Solid preseason performances from their young linebackers have made the question of who will remain with the team a big question as the regular season approaches. There is even a chance the Rams will add a linebacker when cuts take place.