Rams defensive back Russ Yeast was sent to the hospital with a pulmonary injury suffered in team’s loss to the Seahawks. Check it out here.

Rams’ Russ Yeast hospitalized with chest injury.

Russ Yeast has been taken to a Seattle hospital after suffering a pulmonary contusion during today’s game against the Seahawks.

Rams' Russ Yeast hospitalized with chest injury.

Yeast is in stable condition, Rams head coach Sean McVay said after the game.

The Rams initially announced during the game that Yeast had suffered a chest injury and would be questionable to return. The team later announced that he had been ruled out.

A pulmonary contusion is an injury to the lung that typically comes from blunt force trauma to the chest.

The 23-year-old Yeast is a rookie whom the Rams selected with a seventh-round draft pick. He played in 15 games as a rookie this season.

“We’ll pray for him, but I think he’s going to be OK,” McVay said. “I’ve gotten good news on what we know is not something that you take lightly.”

McVay said he wasn’t sure how Yeast sustained the injury.

Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive backs coaches Jonathan Cooley and Chris Shula went to the hospital after the game to see Yeast, according to a team spokesperson.

Rams' Russ Yeast hospitalized with chest injury.

A pulmonary contusion is defined by the National Library of Medicine as “an injury to the lung parenchyma in the absence of laceration to lung tissue or any vascular structures. It usually results from blunt chest trauma, shock waves associated with penetrating chest injury, or explosion injuries.”

This injury comes at a particularly sensitive time for the NFL, following the scary injury to Bills safety Damar Hamlin last Monday night. 

Though Yeast did not suffer nearly as significant an injury as Hamlin, a second-consecutive week of an NFL defensive back being sent to the hospital with a significant injury will surely result in additional discussions with player safety.

By Rishabh

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