Adam Schefter reports that an MRI has confirmed that Rams DT Dominique Easley tore his ACL, and he is out for the season.
This is terrible news for Easley, who has had two prior ACL tears dating back to college.
It’s likely the Rams will place him on injured reserve and add someone to their roster in the coming days.
According to Ian Rapoport, Rams DL Dominique Easley is believed to have sustained a “serious” knee injury after being carted off the field from Tuesday’s practice.
Rapoport cites one source that said Easley is “not looking good” after his injury. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine it’s severity.
Easley, 25, was taken with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was in the third of his four-year, $7.303 million rookie contract when he was cut loose by the Patriots last year. The Rams later signed him to a one-year deal worth $600,000.
The Rams recently re-signed Easley as a restricted free agent and will cost the team $3.91 million for the 2017 season under the first-round tender.
Easley’s career has largely been marred by injury, as he appeared in just 22 games over the course of his two years in the NFL with both seasons ending with him on injured reserve. In college, Easley tore both of his ACLs while playing for Florida, so there were obvious concerns about injuries hampering his NFL career.
In 2016, appeared in all 16 games for the Rams and recorded 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 interior defender out of 127 qualifying players.