Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was on the receiving end of incidental contact during the team’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
In the first quarter of the game, Rams tight end Roger Carter Jr. accidentally collided with McVay, cutting the coach’s jaw. McVay was seen moving his jaw.
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“It was a good shot, but I’m fine,” McVay said.
He added: “It probably looked worse when you were done playing, but I’m glad I didn’t break my jaw.”
The mistake underscored just how tough the Rams’ season has been as they initially expected to defend their Super Bowl title. This season has turned into a nightmare.
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Los Angeles lost Sunday’s game to Kansas City, 26-10. It’s the fifth straight loss for the Rams and the longest of McVay’s tenure. Los Angeles fell to 3-8 and joined the 1987 New York Giants, the only other team to start with that record after winning the Super Bowl title.
The Giants, however, did it in the middle of a year-long strike by using several weeks of replacement players.
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Los Angeles has been using a ton of backups this season. Star wide receiver Cooper Kupp hit injured reserve with a high ankle sprain, while quarterback Matthew Stafford was ruled out before the game. Wide receiver Allen Robinson was ruled out for the season after a CT scan revealed he suffered a stress fracture in his foot.
Associated Press contributed to this report.