Aug 14, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Raymond Calais (30) runs the ball against Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Chris Rumph (94) in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams RB Raymond Calais to have foot surgery

Los Angeles Rams running back Raymond Calais will need surgery for a foot injury sustained in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Head coach Sean McVay confirmed the serious nature of the injury to Calais, who rushed three times for five yards in the 17-16 loss in Inglewood, Calif.

A seventh-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2020, Calais was cut by the Buccaneers before the start of last season. He joined the Rams and appeared in four games, returning seven kickoffs for 152 yards.

Calais, 23, is the second Los Angeles tailback to suffer a major injury this offseason. Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles tendon before the start of training camp.

–Field Level Media

Wide receiver Tutu Atwell runs after a catch during the University of Louisville   s Football Pro Day at the Trager indoor practice facility on Tuesday. March 30, 2021

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Rams place rookie WR Tutu Atwell on Reserve/COVID-19 list

The Los Angeles Rams placed rookie wide receiver Tutu Atwell on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Atwell, 21, was a second-round pick (57th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Louisville.

The Rams’ rookies reported to training camp on Sunday. According to the team, Atwell is following NFL protocols by isolating and participating in meetings remotely. He cannot practice until he is cleared.

Being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list means a player has either tested positive for the coronavirus or come in close contact with an infected person or persons.

Atwell caught 139 passes for 2,303 yards and 20 touchdowns in three years at Louisville. He topped the ACC with 1,272 receiving yards in 2019.

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Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams (31) runs back an interception for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Rams CB Darious Williams signs first-round tender

The Los Angeles Rams signed cornerback Darious Williams to a first-round tender on Wednesday.

The deal keeps Williams in Los Angeles, where he is slated to earn $4.77 million next season. The 28-year-old was a restricted free agent.

In 2020, Williams appeared in all 16 games and started 10 of them. He had four interceptions, doubling his total from the previous season. He returned one pick for a touchdown last season.

The Baltimore Ravens signed Williams as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama-Birmingham in 2018. He appeared in three games with Baltimore before the Rams plucked him off waivers during the same season.

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) against Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Accuser offers apology to Rams’ Aaron Donald after seeing video

The man who filed a criminal complaint accusing Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald of assault is now offering an apology to the NFL star.

Through his attorney Todd J. Hollis, De’Vinzent Spriggs says he mistook Donald for his attacker during the skirmish outside the Boom Boom Room, a Pittsburgh-area nightclub.

“I wanted to make this statement public. And to extend an apology to Aaron for what he’s gone through, but I clearly know this was not him,” said Hollis, per Pittsburgh’s KDKA CBS affiliate.

This comes shortly after Donald’s attorney Casey White claimed video and eyewitnesses at the scene will refute assault claims alleging Donald was responsible for Spriggs’ injuries.

Spriggs filed his criminal complaint in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, alleging that he needed 16 stitches and suffered a broken orbital bone, broken nose, concussion and a significant arm injury in a 3 a.m. bar fight Sunday.

At the time, Spriggs claimed he accidentally bumped into Donald, who immediately became enraged, and things turned physical.

White told ESPN on Friday that Spriggs started the fracas by digging his elbow into Donald’s back, then swinging a beer bottle over Donald’s head.

“He turned around and it’s this Mr. Spriggs … and Aaron goes, ‘What’s up?’ and Mr. Spriggs starts yelling belligerently, ‘Did I mean to? Did I mean to?’ He keeps repeating, it’s kind of nonsensical, but he keeps yelling, ‘Did I mean to?’ It’s apparent to Aaron and it’s apparent to all the witnesses that [Spriggs] is intoxicated,” White said.

“As he ducks, somebody from behind grabs him to stop him from interacting with this guy, Mr. Spriggs, so he holds Aaron back in a sense,” White said. “At that point, that’s when other people come to Aaron’s aid and defend him by removing, so to speak, Mr. Spriggs from the area where he is punched, and he is fighting; it’s a mutual fight at this point between other individuals who Aaron does not really know.”

The Rams issued a statement confirming they were aware of the incident and were gathering more details.

Donald, 29, was a college star at Pitt and a first-round draft pick of the Rams in 2014. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year works out in Pittsburgh in the offseason.

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Oct 14, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) reacts  in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Assault charges expected against Rams DT Aaron Donald

Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (99) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Assault charges were expected to be filed against All-Pro Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald for an alleged incident that occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, Pittsburgh’s KDKA Channel 2 reported.

Pittsburgh attorney Todd Hollis said he was filing charges against Donald on behalf of 26-year-old DeVincent Spriggs. Hollis claimed a physical altercation occurred “between 3-4 a.m. at an after-hours club on (Pittsburgh’s) South Side,” the report said.

Hollis provided a photograph to the television station showing Spriggs’ right eye swollen shut. According to a KDKA Radio report, the incident began after Spriggs “bumped into” Donald.

The Rams released a statement Wednesday.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Aaron Donald,” the statement said. “We are collecting more information and will have no further comment at this time.”

Hollis said that in addition to the eye injury that required 16 stitches, Spriggs suffered an arm injury, a concussion “and other severe injuries he’s suffered. This is a severe incident.”

The is no indication where Spriggs is from, with the reports saying he is “an out of towner.”

Donald was the 13th overall selection by the Rams out of Pittsburgh in the 2014 draft and has been selected to the Pro Bowl in all seven seasons he has played in the NFL. He has also been a first-team All-Pro six times.

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has started in 106 of the 110 games he has played with 357 tackles and 85.5 sacks. He led the NFL with 20.5 sacks in 2018.

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) against Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Lions land DT Michael Brockers in trade with Rams

Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) before the game against the Los Angeles Rams  at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams reportedly traded defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the Detroit Lions early Wednesday morning, pending the results of a physical, which could be more than a footnote.

Los Angeles reportedly received a seventh-round pick in the 2023 draft in return.

Brockers agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens prior to the 2020 season but failed his physical due to chronic ankle issues.

Instead, Brockers returned to the Rams on a three-year, $24 million deal.

He declined a paycut to stay with the Rams and is owed $8 million in 2021 after starting 15 games in Los Angeles alongside Aaron Donald last season.

This is the second trade this offseason between the Rams and Lions, who are swapping quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff.

Current Lions general manager Brad Holmes was in the scouting department of the Rams in 2012 when general manager Les Snead made Brockers the 14th overall pick.

Brockers, 30, gives the Lions a presence in the middle of the defensive line after Danny Shelton was released.

Of note on Brockers and Goff: the defensive lineman called Stafford “a level up” from Goff in an interview with NFL Network. They’ll now be teammates again in Detroit.

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) applies pressure to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Chris Streveler (15) during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Rams sign LB Leonard Floyd to 4-year, $64M deal

The Los Angeles Rams and linebacker Leonard Floyd agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract, according multiple media reports on Monday night.

The 28-year-old Floyd is enjoyed a big season in 2020. He racked up a career-best 10 1/2 sacks, forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles in 16 games.

Floyd’s production played a key role in creating a dominant defense for the Rams, who finished 10-6 in the regular season and won a wild-card matchup against the Seattle Seahawks before losing in the NFC divisional round to the Green Bay Packers.

Before joining the Rams last year, Floyd spent four seasons with the Bears. He was Chicago’s first-round pick (No. 9 overall) out of Georgia in 2016.

In 70 career games (all starts), Floyd has 29 sacks, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He also has three sacks in three career playoff games.

–Field Level Media