Some were amazed to see Ronnie Rivers start at running back for the Rams instead of Darrell Henderson against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Sean McVay clarifies Why He chose Ronnie Rivers
After opting to start the game with Rivers in the backfield, Sean McVay explained why Henderson wasn’t the starter against the 49ers.
Henderson’s breathing problems at the start of the game were the result of catching the flu earlier in the week.
Henderson came into Sunday’s game sick, having missed practice on Wednesday and only getting in a limited amount of work on Thursday.
With Henderson still not fully recovered, McVay decided to mix in Rivers to give him a break.
Darrell Henderson was "having some breathing issues to start the game" with some aftereffects of his flu, so that's why Ronnie Rivers was the Rams' first ball-carrier yesterday, Sean McVay says.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) October 31, 2022
Rivers led the offense from the start, accumulating 12 total touches for 36 yards while appearing on 36% of the offensive snaps. Henderson, on the other hand, had six total touches for 30 yards while playing 41 percent of the offensive snaps.
Henderson played more snaps than Rivers and Malcolm Brown despite his illness.
With the Rams looking for a boost in the running game, it will be interesting to see if Rivers continues to rotate with Henderson and Brown in the absence of a trade deadline.
About Ronnie Rivers
|No. 30 – Los Angeles Rams
|January 31, 1999
Castro Valley, California
|5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
|195 lb (88 kg)
|Freedom (Oakley, California)