Darrell Henderson Jr. has a sprained thumb, avoided serious injury


The Los Angeles Rams have had no luck at running back this summer. With Cam Akers already out for the year and Raymond Calais set to miss 4-6 months with a foot fracture, Darrell Henderson Jr. is now banged up.

Sean McVay told reporters after practice on Monday that Henderson injured his thumb and was unable to return. McVay didn’t immediately know the severity, but Ian Rapoport had an update later on.

Per Sean McVay, RB Darrell Henderson Jr. hurt his thumb in today’s practice. Henderson did not return. McVay didn’t have any additional information beyond that.

— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) August 23, 2021

According to Rapoport, Henderson has a sprained thumb and avoided a serious injury.

#Rams RB Darrell Henderson, who left practice early with a thumb injury, did not suffer a major injury, source said. Just a slight sprain.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2021

Henderson is in line for a bigger workload this season as the starter, but injuries have limited him in his first two seasons. Thankfully his thumb injury is nothing serious and he should at least be back by Week 1.

Behind Henderson are Jake Funk and Xavier Jones, as well as Otis Anderson Jr. Those three are expected to handle all of the carries on Saturday in the preseason finale.

McVay has held Henderson and the rest of the Rams’ starters out of preseason action to avoid possible injury.