The St. Louis Rams have been known in recent years for their dominant front seven. In fact, five of their defensive lineman are first round picks: Chris Long, Robert Quinn, Nick Fairley, Michael Brockers, and Aaron Donald.
However, their secondary has had plenty of issues keeping opposing receivers from burning them deep in the field.
Now one of their best corners on the team is out for the season.
It was announced on Saturday that Rams cornerback E.J Gaines will be out for the 2015 season due to an injury in his foot. On August 2 a teammate stepped on his foot in practice and Gaines suffered a Lisfranc injury. He later went to foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina to check the severity of the injury.
A Lisfranc injury is one that typically involves the bones or torn ligaments around the top of the foot. Severity wise, it could range between a mild issue and one (such as Gaines) that is more of a long term issue.
Last year Gaines made the Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team, missing only week 17 due to a concussion. Considered a steal, Gaines was drafted from the University of Missouri in the sixth round.
2014-15 stats: 70 tackles, two interceptions, and 15 passes defended.
With his injury, Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins are the projected starting corners for the Rams. Lamarcus Joyner, Marcus Roberson, and Imoan Claiborne will see more playing time on the defense as well.
(Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)