Ernest Jones

Minor NFL Transactions: 1/29/22

Today’s minor moves before Championship Sunday:

Cincinnati Bengals

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco 49ers

Rams To Place RB Darrell Henderson, LB Ernest Jones On IR

Darrell Henderson is heading to the IR. The Rams running back suffered an MCL sprain that will require a stint on the injured reserve, head coach Sean McVay told reporters (via Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic on Twitter).

After seeing significantly more playing time during his second season in the NFL, Henderson was expected to be a workhorse for the Rams in 2021. The 24-year-old has been productive in his 12 games (10 starts), collecting 864 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns on 178 touches.

However, Henderson seemed to be behind Sony Michel on the depth chart once the former returned from his recent two-game absence. Michel saw time on 73 percent of his team’s offensive snaps in Week 15, while Henderson only played in 27 percent of the Rams’ offensive snaps. Henderson got into only five snaps yesterday before exiting with his injury. With Henderson out of the picture, Michel will likely continue to lead the depth chart, although the team could welcome back Cam Akers on Sunday. The 2020 second-round pick had 748 yards from scrimmage during his rookie campaign, but a torn Achilles has forced him to miss most of the 2021 season.

Linebacker Ernest Jones will also be placed on IR with a high ankle sprain, per Rodrigue (on Twitter). Jones will require surgery on the injury, but there’s a chance he returns for the playoffs. The rookie third-round pick has started seven of his 15 games this season, compiling 61 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions.

Rams’ Ernest Jones To Miss Time?

The Rams believe that Ernest Jones has suffered a high-ankle sprainĀ (Twitter link via’s Ian Rapoport). For now, the linebacker is considered week-to-week, which could allow him to return for the playoffs.

Jones began the year as a special teams player before breaking into the starting lineup in late October. Through 15 games this season, he’s notched 61 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack. Unfortunately, he was forced out of yesterday’s game against the Vikings after just eleven snaps.

The Rams, who beat the Vikings 30-23 yesterday, are working to lock down the NFC West after clinching their playoff spot. They hope to have the third-round rookie in tow, especially given his progress in recent weeks.

I think we got in some situations that really express his ability a little bit more,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said earlier this month (via the team website). “We were in more favorable down and distances for us defensively where they’re forced to kind of throw it. We get a lead and there’s was a lot of the stuff that we loved out of Ernest coming out of South Carolina. You get his feel his range, his ability to be able to sense things and diagnose them. I think our defensive staff has done a great job of just continuing to help him improve.”

Now at 11-4 on the year, the Rams will wrap the regular season with games against the Ravens and 49ers.