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T.J. McDonald | Defensive Back

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 219
College: USC
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Rams activated S T.J. McDonald from injured reserve/designated for return.
McDonald resumed practicing Wednesday and is expected to return this week against the Bears. He should immediately regain his starting job over fill-in FS Darian Stewart. The Rams placed CB Cortland Finnegan on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Sat, Nov 23, 2013 04:29:00 PM

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Rams S T.J. McDonald (short-term I.R./broken leg) is expected to return when first eligible in Week 13.

"He’s progressing nicely," coach Jeff Fisher said. "He’s actually on land running right now (as opposed to pool work), so that’s a huge step for him. We won’t have any problems with the timing of that." McDonald was a starter before going down, and will likely return as such.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 09:32:00 PM

Rams placed S T.J. McDonald on short-term injured reserve with a fractured right leg.

He does not need surgery and will be eligible for return in Week 13. The Rams loved what they were getting from McDonald early in the season, but will now be forced to turn to journeyman Matt Giordano, who is a major liability in pass coverage.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Rams SS T.J. McDonald suffered a fractured right leg in Week 4 against the 49ers.

McDonald is out indefinitely and will likely be placed on injured reserve. It's a tough blow to a Rams' secondary that also lost Cortland Finnegan (thigh) to injury. Matt Giordano should get the majority of playing time in McDonald's absence.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 11:43:00 PM

Rams SS T.J. McDonald exited Week 4 with a right leg injury.

McDonald was carted off the field and had an air cast on his right leg. He's out for the remainder of the game and is likely looking at an extended absence. Matt Giordano replaced him in the starting lineup and immediately gave up a touchdown to Vernon Davis.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:46:00 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says third-round pick T.J. McDonald has been a "quick study" in training camp at strong safety.

McDonald appears to have already sewn up a starting job, with Darian Stewart at free safety. McDonald's college game tape was largely unimpressive, but he'll have a good chance for IDP impact as St. Louis' in-the-box stuffer. Quintin Mikell racked up 101 tackles and four forced fumbles at the same position in 2012.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 02:24:00 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch considers rookie T.J. McDonald and veteran Darian Stewart the Rams' "expected starters" at safety.

Stewart will presumably play free safety with McDonald at strong, although new DC Tim Walton generally considers his safeties interchangeable. If you're seeking IDP value, McDonald is the guy to target despite a limited skill set. We were unimpressed by McDonald's physicality and cover skills on college tape.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Rams signed third-round SS T.J. McDonald to a four-year contract.

McDonald, the No. 71 overall pick, is penciled in as the Rams' starting strong safety, but his cover skills are suspect. The Rams could elect to keep him closer to the line of scrimmage like they did with Quintin Mikell. McDonald possesses a boat load of athleticism, but he took a lot of bad angles at USC.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 04:54:00 PM

Rams selected USC SS T.J. McDonald with the No. 71 overall pick.

McDonald (6-foot-2 1/2, 219) is the latest in a long line of big, athletic USC safeties with suspect cover skills. Taylor Mays and Darnell Bing came before him. The son of six-time Pro Bowler Tim McDonald, T.J. started 36 college games, recording eight interceptions and 12 tackles for loss. He ran 4.59 at the Combine with a 40-inch vertical and 10-foot-11 broad jump. McDonald is long on athleticism, but was just as long on missed tackles in 2012, taking too many bad angles. He's a strong safety-only who will need to be covered up by the scheme. The Rams have holes at both safety spots, so he could see significant snaps as a rookie.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 09:06:00 PM

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