INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth suffered a torn left MCL and damage to the posterior cruciate ligament during Sunday’s 23-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, a source told ESPN, confirming an NFL Network report.
He will be placed on injured reserve.
“You hope for the best, obviously,” Goff said about Whitworth after the game. “It’s tough with everything that he’s put on the line for all of us — you never want to see that happen. Hope for the best; he’s a hell of a guy”
Rams teammates and coach Sean McVay surrounded the 6-foot-7, 330-pound Whitworth as he lay on the turf with the team doctor and training staff. After he was assisted onto a cart, Whitworth slapped hands with teammates and was taken off the field.
“Anytime you see a player go down, it’s awful,” said McVay, who played an instrumental role in signing Whitworth as a free agent in 2017. “Andrew’s been so important to us. I don’t know what the extent of the injury is, but this guy is a foundational piece in what we’ve done. He represents all the things that are right about the Rams. I love this guy.”
Third-year pro Joe Noteboom replaced Whitworth at left tackle. Noteboom, who started at left guard the first two games of the season, was activated from injured reserve this week after he suffered a calf injury in Week 2.
McVay said Noteboom “did an excellent job” in Whitworth’s absence.
A 15-year year pro, Whitworth has started every game for the Rams since his arrival in 2017 (with the exception of Week 17 in 2017, when McVay rested starters).
Before signing with L.A., he played 11 years with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft.
Whitworth, who turns 39 next month, signed a three-year, $30 million extension that included $12.5 million guaranteed, in March.