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Rams rookie guard will miss the entire season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in Friday’s night game against the Houston Texans and will miss the entire season. Bruss left the game and was seen walking to the locker room in the first half of the game.

Bruss was seen with a brace on his right knee after leaving the game and Sean McVay said afterward that it didn’t look good for the rookie. He confirmed the injury on Saturday afternoon when meeting with the media.

The Rams selected Bruss with the 104th overall pick in the 2022 draft out of Wisconsin. He was expected to compete for the starting right guard position this year, however, before the first preseason game against the Chargers, Rams head coach Sean McVay Coleman was separating himself from the competition for the right guard position.

Here’s what McVay had to say about Bruss’ injury.

“Number one, it’s a real shame for a kid that’s worked really hard and puts a lot into this game,” McVay said. “I think that’s the one thing that – the first thing, sometimes we have an inclination (that) is, okay, well how does this affect the football team? But how does it affect the person? You want to keep being more empathetic and more understanding, and this is a guy that loves football. We obviously draft him with the confidence that he could be a guy that could potentially contribute for us this year. Unfortunately, now, as a result of what’s occurred, that won’t be the case, but put your arm around him, you help him attack the rehab the right way, and I trust that he’s going to do everything in his power to come back better next year than he was this year.”

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McVay said that with Bruss sidelined, it will force other players to step up. In that regard, he said he was pleased with the ascension of Coleman Shelton, who had been competing with Bruss in training camp for the starting right guard job.

McVay also praised the development of offensive linemen Tremayne Anchrum Jr. and AJ Jackson, as well as the experience of Bobby Evans.

“I’ve seen incredible strides from Tremayne Anchrum, he’s been outstanding in the preseason,” McVay said. “I think he’s really done an outstanding job in these first two preseason games of showing that he absolutely belongs and he’s a guy that could play and be ready to go if need be. And then the same thing with AJ Jackson. I think like I mentioned to you guys yesterday, those guys have stood out, and then oh by the way, you’ve got a guy in Bobby Evans that has started at guard, he’s started at tackle in meaningful games that we’ve won over the last couple of years. And then you’ve got some young intriguing prospects in guys that have been here.”

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