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Rams backup RB Malcolm Brown likely headed to IR

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown is likely headed to injured reserve after undergoing a procedure to reset his clavicle, coach Sean McVay said Wednesday.

Brown, who serves as Todd Gurley's backup, suffered the injury Sunday in the first half of a victory over the Detroit Lions. His recovery is expected to take 8 to 10 weeks.

"It's a big loss for our football team," McVay said. "He means a lot to us in a variety of different ways."

McVay said he did not anticipate that Brown's absence would affect Gurley.

"As far as changing anything with Todd's rhythm, he's kind of a feel player where he knows when he needs to [rest]," McVay said. "Last week I think he got his good conditioning in having to play as many snaps as he did, and it really won't change much as far as that approach is concerned."

Second-year pro Justin Davis, an undrafted player from USC, and rookie John Kelly, a sixth-round pick from Tennessee, will back up Gurley and fill Brown's roles on special teams.

"We have a lot of confidence in Justin and John to step up," McVay said. "And they'll be needed to do it in a hurry."

Davis has appeared in eight games this season on special teams. Kelly has been inactive through 13 weeks.

Brown, a third-year pro from Texas, rushed for 212 yards in 43 carries this season and caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

The Rams (11-1) earned a playoff berth with a division-clinching win over the Lions in Week 13, and can secure a first-round bye with a win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday night.