It has been confirmed that the Rams' leading WR of 2009, Donnie Avery, tore his ACL last night against the New England Patriots. Avery will be out for the entire 2010 season.
Avery was the Rams best WR. But this will give guys like Mardy Gilyard and Denario Alexander a chance to step up. WR Laurent Robinson is more than capable of replacing Avery as the #1 WR, but Robinson has been under-performing the entire preseason. I fully expect him, and the other receivers (Gilyard, Alexander, Danny Amendola, Keenan Burton, and Brandon Gibson) to step up to the plate, and carry the Rams offense. Although Avery is the best WR for the Rams, he is not significantly better than the others.
The younger guys will step up, the momentum from last night will carry into week 1, and hopefully the Rams' offense will not skip a beat from the loss of Avery.