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2 Rams players who missed the Super Bowl give positive injury updates

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When the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals and won Super Bowl LVI, they did it without a few key players.

Tight end Tyler Higbee and safety Jordan Fuller were both injured prior to the Super Bowl win, causing them to miss the game. Higbee suffered an MCL sprain two weeks earlier in the NFC Championship Game, while Fuller suffered an ankle injury in Week 18 that caused him to miss the entire postseason.

Three months later and during offseason training, both players had positive news to share about their injuries.

As the Rams wrap up their final week of training before organized team activities begin next week, Higbee and Fuller appear to be in a good place health-wise.

Higbee, who underwent surgery during the off-season, said he started work on the field in early May, but he and the team aren’t pushing him to get into full swing in the off-season.

“The knee is developing very well,” Higbee told reporters Tuesday, May 17.

Fuller also shared positive progress when speaking to reporters on Tuesday, saying he underwent ankle surgery earlier in the offseason. However, he is still “bridging” to work in the field.

“I’m feeling good, I’m making good progress, I’m on track with everything, so that’s a positive,” Fuller said.

While Higbee and Fuller were in positive spirits on Tuesday and rejoiced in the Rams’ Super Bowl win, they both shared the immediate aftermath of the win and left them in sticky situations.

“I was there in a dark place for a few weeks, but getting a ring made everything better,” Higbee said. “I was lucky that I had already played in one. Now I think we have to go back so I can play in one next year.

Fuller shared that his teammates let him know that he was as much a part of the Rams’ Super Bowl run as the players who played in recent games.

“It was hard watching from the couch at home. I know I got emotional at times. It sure was tough,” Fuller said. “Seeing everyone partying and you’re not there. You put so much work into it up until then, I was right in the middle of it with them for 17 games. You have the feeling of being outside of it.

“They kept my head straight thanks to my teammates, coaches, family and loved ones.”

The past few months have been eventful for Fuller. In early May, he graduated from Ohio State, where he played college football.

“I put a lot of work into it and was like a semester away. So I might as well end it,” Fuller said.

If the Rams want to repeat themselves as Super Bowl champions, they will likely need contributions from Higbee and Fuller again. Higbee had one of the best seasons of his six-year career in 2021, catching 61 passes for 560 yards and five touchdowns. Fuller, entering his third season, led the team in combined tackles (113) and was Pro Football Focus’ 19th-highest rated safety of 2021.

If the Rams want to repeat themselves as Super Bowl champions, they will likely need contributions from Higbee and Fuller again. Higbee had one of the best seasons of his six-year career in 2021, catching 61 passes for 560 yards and five touchdowns. Fuller, entering his third season, led the team in combined tackles (113) and was Pro Football Focus’ 19th-highest rated safety of 2021.

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