LOS ANGELES — As they prepare for their NFC West opener against the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday continued making moves to fortify a roster depleted by injuries and a suspension.
A day after signing edge rusher Takkarist McKinley, the Rams signed tight end Kendall Blanton and defensive back Shaun Jolly to the roster and veteran running back Malcolm Brown to the practice squad.
Blanton and Brown have history with the Rams. Brown played for the team from 2015 to 2020, and Blanton from 2019 to 2021.
“Just excited to be back in this culture, this organization that I had been in for so long,” Brown said. “Excitement is the only word.”
The Rams suffered a rash of injuries before and during their 31-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.
Edge rusher Leonard Floyd played through a knee issue. Offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum suffered a season-ending ankle injury and cornerback Troy Hill was put on injured reserve because of a groin injury.
Rookie cornerback Cobie Durant and fourth-year cornerback David Long suffered hamstring and groin injuries, respectively. And on Wednesday, the NFL suspended tight end Brycen Hopkins for three games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The Rams signed McKinley off the Tennessee Titans practice squad, reuniting the former first-round draft pick from UCLA with defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, who coached him with the Atlanta Falcons.
In 2017, the Falcons selected McKinley 26th overall in the draft. The Falcons declined to exercise their fifth-year option, however, after McKinley generated 161/2 sacks in his first three seasons. In his final season with the Falcons, he had one sack in four games before he was released at midseason.
McKinley, 26, played last season for the Cleveland Browns, and had 21/2 sacks in 11 games before suffering an Achilles injury.