We are 10 days away from Super Bowl 53 and the New England Patriots are in great physical shape: the team, which returned to practice today to start its preparation for its upcoming matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, once again had perfect participation. As a result, the Patriots’ injury report is once again empty — the fourth day in a row going back to last week’s pre-AFC title game sessions.
The Rams, on the other hand, have added another player to their report today:
Did not participate
Rams: RB C.J. Anderson (illness), S Blake Countess (foot), K Greg Zuerlein (left foot)
While Greg Zuerlein and Blake Countess are listed as non-participants once again — L.A. did not practice yesterday but like New England was back on the field today — a new player joined them on the proverbial sidelines: running back C.J. Anderson is dealing with an illness. While the title game is still more than a week away, it is certainly not ideal to see a core rotational member of the backfield miss the session.
Meanwhile, Zuerlein is reportedly dealing with a minor injury to his left foot that is not considered to be of any concern (via The Athletic’s Vincent Bonsignore). As was pointed out yesterday, the Rams’ kicker was spotted wearing a boot on Monday but it seems as if the issue will not endanger his long-term availability.