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Eric Weddle in concussion protocol

NFL: SEP 08 Rams at Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 08: Los Angeles Rams free safety Eric Weddle (32) gets carted off the field after getting injured on a tacle attempt on Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) during the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Carolina Panthers on September 08, 2019 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte,NC. (Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Rams safety Eric Weddle left yesterday’s game in Carolina a bloody mess, and has something other than just a scalp cut.

Via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Weddle is in the concussion protocol after he was kneed in the head by a hurdling Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

He was replaced in the lineup by Marqui Christian, and nothing against him, but the difference from Weddle is something the Rams will have to adjust to since he’s their defensive signal-caller.

“When you lose somebody like Eric with what he means to our team — the communication, some of those things— it can be deflating,” Rams coach McVay said. “But I thought our guys did a great job handling it.”

Weddle indicated to reporters he was fine after the game, though they can’t know at the moment if he’ll be cleared to return next week against the Saints.