Tyler Higbee expected to land on PUP list as he recovers from knee injury

Tyler Higbee has a long road ahead of him as he recovers from a torn ACL and MCL, which he suffered in the Rams’ playoff loss to the Lions in January. It was a brutal injury for the veteran tight end, who had just signed an extension with the Rams last year.

While the team hasn’t yet ruled him out for the start of the 2024 season, it seems very possible that he’ll be sidelined early on. Sean McVay told reporters at the annual league meetings on Tuesday that Higbee is expected to be placed on the PUP list this offseason, which can occur during training camp in July.

That won’t rule him out for Week 1 or any regular-season games unless he remains on the PUP list when final cuts are made; that would cause him to miss at least four games.

Early in free agency, the Rams signed former Seahawks tight end Colby Parkinson to a three-year deal, so he would presumably be the starter if Higbee misses regular-season action. They also have second-year tight end Davis Allen, as well as Hunter Long, who was acquired in the Jalen Ramsey trade.

Depth isn’t a huge concern anymore but the Rams will hope to get Higbee back sooner rather than later.

Story originally appeared on Rams Wire