The Los Angeles Rams took the first step toward getting Aqib Talib back on the field Monday when they officially designated him to return from injured reserve. That doesn’t mean he’s certain to play this weekend against the Detroit Lions – or at all this season, for that matter – but it does begin a 21-day window for the Rams to activate him.
The veteran corner has said for a while now that Week 13 in Detroit was his target date to return, and based on his and Sean McVay’s comments, it sounds likely that he’ll be out there on Sunday.
“I feel good,” Talib said after practice Monday. “I’ve been getting real hard workouts lately, but it’s nothing like playing an actual game. the only way you’re going to get ready for a game is by playing in those games. I’m as good as I can be as far as working out without playing, without competing.”
Talib practiced on Monday in the Rams’ first session after the bye and will continue to work throughout the week as Sunday’s game approaches. There’s not much else he can control beyond that, so he’s just going to do what he can to get ready.
“I’m gonna just practice,” Talib said. “Everything else is going to be on the training staff and the coaches. I’m gonna just practice. I’ll guess they’re going to do the eye test or whatever to see if I’m gonna go Sunday or not. But I’m gonna just practice.”
Although the Rams could’ve used him against teams like the Chiefs, Saints, Seahawks and Packers, they’re happy to just get him back for the home stretch. They’ll face Matthew Stafford, Mitchell Trubisky and Carson Wentz in the next three weeks, which is likely to determine their seeding in the NFC playoff picture.
Talib has missed most of the season, but despite his absence, he believes the season really begins now.
“We’ve gotta crank it up a notch,” Talib said. “You got to meet a little bit extra, walk through a little bit extra, take an extra 30-40 minutes at home. It’s like the season really starts right now, so if you plan on doing something, you should have about eight games left, so the last eight games, you got to be working harder than your first 11 games, so this is when the season really starts, right now.”
The Rams are currently tied with the Saints for the best record in football at 10-1, but it’ll take a slip-up by New Orleans in order for the Rams to take the No. 1 seed. If both teams win out, the Saints get home-field advantage after beating the Rams this season.
With Talib back, Los Angeles has a very real chance to finish the year 15-1, nabbing at least a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
Source: theramswire | Cameron DaSilva | November 27, 2018