Rams' Andrew Whitworth reportedly tears MCL

Eric Edholm
·2 min read

Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth, one of the league’s longest-tenured players, was carted off in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a left knee injury. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Whitworth suffered a torn MCL and damaged his PCL.

Whitworth was inadvertently hit on the leg by the Seahawks’ K.J. Wright after a sack of Jared Goff with just over a minute and a half remaining in the second quarter. He remained down before a cart took him off the field.

The Rams would eventually rule Whitworth out for the game.

Multiple Seahawks players, including Russell Wilson and Duane Brown, came over to Whitworth to pay their respects for the 15-year veteran.

Whitworth, who turns 39 next month, is one of the oldest non-quarterbacks or non-specialists playing in the NFL. He has played in 224 of a possible 233 games in his career and has missed only one game since 2013, a healthy scratch in 2017 when the Rams had already locked up a playoff spot.

He has been named to four Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams with the Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.

In June, Whitworth told Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor that he and his whole family contracted COVID-19 and that it put some perspective on how dangerous the virus was, especially for his BMI and age.

When Whitworth re-signed with the Rams, he said he wasn’t ready to retire yet.

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