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Van Jefferson inactive for Thursday night opener vs. Bills

We break down news that Van Jefferson is recovering from knee surgery. What it means for Week 1 and beyond.

Gametime update: Jefferson is inactive and likely will miss next week as well. Ben Skowronek is next in line on the depth chart.

September 8 update: Jefferson is “likely to miss more than one game,” per Josina Anderson. This report tracks with the fact Jefferson has yet to practice this week. Ben Skowronek should replace Jefferson in the lineup.

September 7 update: Jefferson has been ruled out for the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.

September 5 update: Jefferson didn’t practice on Monday for the Rams Thursday night matchup against the Bills. At this point he hasn’t practiced in a very long time, and is unlikely to play. Getting him back to practice this week could set him up for a Week 2 return.

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson had “minor” knee surgery during training camp and it appears he’s heading toward a questionable status going into Thursday night’s opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy football implications

Jefferson made major strides in 2021 with 50 catches for 802 yards and seven touchdowns. The Rams expect to have Jefferson and Allen Robinson II on the outside with Cooper Kupp working in the slot. One thing that could keep Jefferson from continuing to improve his production would be if Matthew Stafford’s elbow issues are more serious than the Rams are letting on. As good as the Rams receiving corps is, it’s also completely reliant on the health of Stafford.

If Jefferson can’t go, Ben Skowronek would likely see an uptick in work, but the reality would be more reliance on Kupp, if that’s possible, and Robinson. At this point, those are the only two Rams wide receivers worth drafting in 12 team re-draft leagues.