The Rams added offensive line depth after officially placing left tackle Joe Noteboom on injured reserve Tuesday.
The Rams signed offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe from the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad. Nsekhe, 36, entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent and has 17 career starts with 93 games played. He played for the Dallas Cowboys last season and had a stint with the Rams in St. Louis in 2012.
The Rams (3-3) also placed cornerback Grant Haley on injured reserve and waived outside linebacker Takk McKinley, the former UCLA standout who joined the Rams last month.
With the two open spots on the active roster, the Rams will likely use them to add wide receiver Van Jefferson and cornerback Troy Hill from injured reserve. Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters Monday that he expects Jefferson, Hill, center Brian Allen, rookie cornerback Cobie Durant and defensive lineman Bobby Brown to be available after the bye week.
Haley, who sprained his knee in Sunday’s win against the Carolina Panthers, flourished as a slot cornerback for the Rams while their secondary dealt with injuries the past month. Noteboom ruptured his Achilles tendon against the Panthers and was carted off the field in the second quarter. He will likely miss the rest of the season.
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The Rams’ offensive line has been decimated by injuries through the first six games of the season, but found a rhythm in the second half versus the Panthers with Alaric Jackson moving from right guard to left tackle and Oday Aboushi coming off the bench to take Jackson’s prior position.
McVay said they could explore trades to add offensive linemen, but there aren’t many quality tackles available. Trusting their pro scouts to add lineman from practice squads, like they did with Nsekhe, might be the team’s best option while they wait for players to return from injuries.