Daniels was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a fractured ankle he suffered against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Daniels will have surgery sometime this week to repair the ankle.
Losing out on his second season in as many years is a tough blow for Daniels, who had worked vigorously to return from a torn ACL and MCL suffered against New England on Oct. 28, 2012. Although this injury is different, it occurred in a similar way.
The knee injury happened when Daniels was blocking on a punt return and receiver Austin Pettis rolled into him. On Sunday, it was a kick return and a similar situation with returner Benny Cunningham rolling into Daniels. Clearly, Daniels simply has bad luck.
"It’s difficult for Matt," Fisher said. "He worked so hard to come off the ACL, then to have this thing happen, it’s difficult for him. He’ll bounce back. He’s a tough young man."
In other injury news, or non-news, Fisher said more information would be available on right tackle Rodger Saffold's injured knee on Wednesday. Saffold left the game in the second quarter and did not return. He left the locker room on crutches after the game.
Perhaps in a sign of Saffold's status for this week, the Rams added yet another offensive lineman to the roster to take Daniels' spot. The Rams claimed offensive tackle Mike Person off waivers from Seattle on Monday afternoon. They now have 11 offensive linemen on the active roster.
Joe Barksdale replaced Saffold against Atlanta. Person was a seventh-round choice of San Francisco in 2011 and has also spent time with Indianapolis.