Rams' Robert Quinn returns from injury, helps out with presence

Rams' Robert Quinn returns from injury, helps out with presence
Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his fist as the U.S. national anthem is played before a game against New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium in London. (Tim Ireland / Associated Press)

Defensive end Robert Quinn returned from a shoulder injury and started in the Rams' 17-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sundayt at Twickenham Stadium.

Quinn had been sidelined for two games.


"Early in the game, I felt a little rusty, slow," he said. "As I got a few more snaps throughout the game I started feeling a little more comfortable.

"I really didn't make any plays."

Quinn did not record a tackle but still made it difficult for quarterback Eli Manning. His presence on the field took attention away from tackle Aaron Donald, who recorded a tackle for a loss and two quarterback hurries.

"They did a good job getting the pass rush, showing multiple looks, kind of them bailing out," Manning said, adding, "They did a good job getting some pressure there, good D-line. It was tough to get into a great rhythm and hit a bunch of big plays."

The Rams were without defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who was sidelined because of a thigh injury.

Cam Thomas started in Brockers' place. He made one tackle.

Catching on

Tavon Austin caught a team-best 10 passes for 57 yards, including a 10-yard pass in the first quarter for the game's first score.

One pass Austin did not catch was a second-quarter throw that bounced off his hands and into the arms of safety Landon Collins, who returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

Tight end Lance Kendricks caught seven passes, running back Todd Gurley six.

Brian Quick averaged 23 yards for his four receptions.

Kenny Britt, who caught seven passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns the week before at Detroit, was targeted eight times and caught three passes.

Crowded house

The Rams were the home team but more Giants fans made the shorter trip to London.


Those fans, along with many of the 74,121 in attendance, made it difficult at times for the Rams offense.

Quarterback Case Keenum, who completed 32 of 53 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown, with four interceptions, said it caused a miscommunication with center Tim Barnes.

"Really for most of the game it wasn't an issue," Keenum said. "We weren't having to go silent cadence. When the game came down to it, started getting exciting, I think the fans started getting on their feet, started getting a little bit louder."

The Rams were penalized eight times for 43 yards.

Familiar face

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins went into the game with two interceptions.

He did not get one Sunday, as teammates Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each picked off two.

Jenkins, who played four seasons for the Rams before signing with the Giants during the off-season, made four tackles and defended three passes.

Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, released by the Rams on Oct. 8 and signed by the Giants a few days later, did not make a tackle. He was called for defensive holding on a third-quarter punt.

Getting his kicks

Punter Johnny Hekker, limited to two kicks in each of the previous two games, was busier Sunday and made the most of his opportunities.

Hekker punted seven times, putting six inside the 20-yard-line, including three inside the six.

Hekker averaged 45.7 yards per kick.

Foreign fan

Peter Fox of Cornwall, England, became an NFL fan years ago while watching games during night feedings of his daughter Mollie.

He became a Rams fan this summer when he watched HBO's "Hard Knocks."

Fox, his wife Helen and Mollie were decked out in Rams gear on Sunday.

"The minute we knew they were coming to Twickenham, we went out and got tickets," Peter, who was wearing a No. 16 Jared Goff jersey, said before the game.

Why Goff?

"I know he hasn't played yet," Peter said. "Give it two weeks, he'll be on.

"Old Case [Keenum], if he doesn't play particularly well, I think they'll go with Jared after the bye week."