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Rams make surprising moves including relinquishing stat leader for 2022

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The Los Angeles Rams continued cleaning the house at the “Rams House.”

Once a team adding star power, the now 3-7 Rams have begun parting ways with members of that Super Bowl 56 run – this time one of their stat leaders along with two of their towering players.

Officially announced by the team’s Twitter account on Tuesday, November 22 at 12:46 p.m. Pacific, the Rams announced the following series of moves involving Darrell Henderson Jr., Justin Hollins and Kendall Blanton.

One of the biggest shocks of the three was Henderson. Although there were signs his Rams future looked nebulous.

Henderson was called a waiver/no recall by the Rams.

But before the transaction, “Hendo” was leading the Rams with 283 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Suspicions about Henderson’s role grew after the New Orleans Saints lost in Week 11. Henderson was limited to just two carries and finished with nine yards. Analysts online wondered why Henderson’s playing time suddenly decreased. However, head coach Sean McVay told reporters via Zoom on Monday that Henderson felt something in his knee ahead of the game and decided to limit him.

Henderson then took to Twitter to respond to his waiver:

Fans began showing their support for “Hendo.”

“I wish you the best of luck wherever you go,” said Downtown Rams co-host Alexis Kraft.

“They deserve better,” added the @RamsToday Twitter account.

“All the best for the future and thank you for everything during your time with us”, said the Los Angeles Rams UK account.

“I’ll miss seeing you in horns, Hendo!” said another fan.

In his four seasons with the Rams, Henderson had 396 carries for 1,742 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also added 66 receptions for 474 yards and had four receiving touchdowns per Pro Football Reference.

The Rams already waived 2021 seventh-seeded Jake Funk during the season. Malcolm Brown was also waived before being lured back into the training squad. Now the Rams are left with Brown, Cam Akers and rookies Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers as backfield options.

The Rams already have deep concerns about running back. The decision to forego Hollins also comes with deep concerns.

The 6-foot-5, 248-pounder has been a rotation starter for the Rams defense for the past two seasons. He started in five games for the Rams this season and had 26 tackles, including 15 solo with a stop behind the line of scrimmage. The Turf Show Times’ Blaine Grisak called the decision a surprising move.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer was also stunned by the move.

Hollins played three of his four NFL seasons with the Rams. His waiver now leaves the Rams with Leonard Floyd, rookie Daniel Hardy (who was on injured reserve) and Terrell Lewis as OLB options along with practice team members Keir Thomas and Brayden Thomas.

Tight end Blanton has been in this situation several times. He was waived on 08/20 after training camp before resuming on 09/22. Blanton caught two passes for 35 yards and had 25 offensive snaps this season.

The Rams already have deep concerns about running back. The decision to forego Hollins also comes with deep concerns.

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