The NFC Championship Game is scheduled for Sunday and it will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the Los Angeles Rams. Fortunately for the Rams, it's looking like they could have a key veteran back in their lineup just in time to face their rivals.
Veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth suffered a knee injury over Super Wild Card Weekend, forcing him to miss the Divisional Round. However, head coach Sean McVay told reporters Monday that the 40-year-old is "on track" to face the 49ers.
Andrew Whitworth Injury Update
Getting Whitworth back in the lineup is crucial for the Rams. His replacement, Joe Noteboom, is dealing with a pectoral strain and his NFC Championship Game status is up in the air.
"Andrew Whitworth had some great treatment. Really responded well to that. He's feeling good. I expect him to be able to practice this week and see what that looks like."- Sean McVay
Whitworth started in each of the 15 games he suited up in over his 16th NFL season. He's played 97% of offensive snaps for the Rams, allowing five sacks en route to earning an 86.1 overall ProFootballFocus grade as one of the league's better tackles.
While Whitworth has been a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro player, he's yet to win a Super Bowl in his lengthy career. Getting back to full health to help the Rams get to the NFL's finale would be a great way to ensure he ends his career on a high note.
It's looking like the Rams have a solid shot at playing in Super Bowl LVI. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing them as the 3.5-point home favorites over the 49ers.
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