Rams No. 3 Receiver Van Jefferson Needs Second Knee Surgery

Sheep recipient From Jefferson He will undergo surgery on his left knee on Tuesday, raising questions about his readiness for the first game against the Buffalo Bills on September 8, coach Sean McVeigh said on Monday.

“We’ll see how the surgery goes and feel a bit better,” McVeigh said, adding, “This gives us a chance to evaluate these other receivers.”

Jefferson underwent surgery on the same knee after Rams won Super Bowl LVI. But McVeigh said a “small knee adjustment” in the current situation requires “minor surgery” and is irrelevant.

“He responded very well to this operation,” McVeigh said of the first operation. “So it’s the same knee, but it’s a slightly different area. And this is a minor thing that we can remove.

“So we’re excited.”

Jefferson’s absence puts one of the NFL’s potentially strongest receiving corps in a string of questions as the Rams prepare for the Bills, considered Super Bowl contenders.

Cooper Kupp, current NFL forward of the year, and rookie Allen Robinson were two elite targets for McVeigh and quarterback Matthew Stafford.

But the loss of Jefferson can hurt deeply.

The third-year pro caught 50 passes last season, six touchdowns. He also showed an ability for deep play and averaged 16 yards per catch.

Second Year Pro Ben Skowronek as well as Tutu Atwell are in line to replace Jefferson.

Skowronek, a seventh-round pick, caught 11 passes for 133 yards last season. He can play many receiver positions and also excels on special teams.

Atwell, a second-round pick, is looking to make a comeback after a disappointing rookie season. Atwell, 5’9″ and 165 pounds, seemed untenable and could not find a receiver role. He responded with hits in eight games until he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

During the off-season, Atwell turned to Kupp for advice and worked closely with the All-Pro to improve and build strength. On Monday he made some plays.

McVeigh also continues to openly woo free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. re-sign with the Rams.

Last season, Beckham signed with the Rams after a trade deadline and helped them through the Super Bowl. He suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals and is recovering from surgery.

Beckham is not expected to be ready to play until midway through the season.

But after McVeigh listed the recipients on the list who could benefit from the extra features, he couldn’t help but add a response.

“And then we’ll continue to see if we can continue to figure out when Odell will be back at some point,” he said.