Rams CB Aqib Talib headed to IR with rib injury

An important piece of the Los Angeles Rams' defensive puzzle is expected to be missing in action for the foreseeable future.

Rams coach Sean McVay confirmed Monday evening that cornerback Aqib Talib will be placed on injured reserve with fractured ribs.

"What he's meant in terms of his presence and just all the things that Aqib has really brought to this locker room, he means a lot," McVay told reporters about what the team will miss with Talib out. "I've learned a lot from him. I've appreciated the way that he's consistently led, been a great sounding board for a lot of the guys in his understanding of the system that we've been running the last couple of years. I think he's a Hall of Fame player when you look at what he's done over the course of his career."

Talib, 33, appeared on the injury report for the first time this season last Wednesday after missing practice. Talib remained out for the rest of the week and was eventually ruled out of the team's Week 6 matchup with the undefeated 49ers. The Rams' secondary surrendered 232 passing yards in the eventual 20-7 loss, but did not allow a passing touchdown.

The veteran corner is eligible to return in eight weeks when the team takes on the Cowboys in Week 15. Talib's absence means more playing time for Troy Hill, who filled in at starting right corner in Week 6. Hill was also called upon last season to start in Talib's place after he injured his ankle in Week 3.

That injury landed him on IR and limited him to eight games in his first season in L.A. He returned in Week 13 and was in the lineup for the remainder of team's journey to Super Bowl LIII.

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