Tyler Higbee

Los Angeles Rams
Tight End #89
Los Angeles Rams
Tight End #89
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Tyler Higbee News

No rush with rehab

Higbee (knee) said Tuesday that he was able to start on-field work at the beginning of May, but there's no rush to get back to full speed during the offseason, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: HIgbee suffered an MCL sprain in the NFC Championship game against the 49ers and was ruled out for the Rams' Super Bowl win. The fact that the tight end has already returned to football activities is a great sign, but it appears like he'll be cautious during the offseason to avoid any potential setbacks.

May 17, 2022 12:10 PM EST

Placed on IR, out for Super Bowl

The Rams placed Higbee (knee) on injured reserve Friday, ruling him out for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Bengals.

Analysis: Higbee hasn't been able to practice since suffering an MCL sprain in the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco, with coach Sean McVay conveying pessimism all along. With their long-time starter at tight end ruled out for the big game, L.A. will turn to 26-year-old Kendall Blanton, who caught five of five targets for 57 yards in the win over San Francisco a couple weeks ago. Blanton played 79 percent of snaps on offense in that game, while third-string tight end Brycen Hopkins was a healthy scratch. The options for depth behind Blanton this Sunday are Hopkins and practice-squad player Kyle Markway.

Feb 11, 2022 1:02 PM EST

Remains sidelined at practice

Higbee (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Higbee hasn't stepped on the practice field since spraining his MCL in the first half of the Rams' win in the NFC Championship Game versus the 49ers back on Jan. 30. With just one session left to make his presence felt in drills this week, he doesn't have much margin for error ahead of a Super Bowl LVI matchup with the Bengals. A limited or inactive Higbee on Sunday would place Kendall Blanton into a regular role at tight end in Los Angeles' offense.

Feb 10, 2022 3:40 PM EST

Still not practicing

Higbee (knee) was a non-participant at Wednesday's walkthrough, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Since spraining his MCL in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers on Jan. 30, Higbee has missed all on-field work for the Rams, which so far has included a pair of walkthroughs and one full session. He'll have two more chances to get on the practice field this week, but it may be a stretch for that to happen after coach Sean McVay told Henderson on Monday, "I don't think so," regarding the tight end's chances to do so. If Higbee is limited or can't play in Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Bengals, Kendall Blanton would assumed most of the TE reps for Los Angeles.

Feb 9, 2022 3:58 PM EST

May not practice this week

When asked Monday whether Higbee (knee) will be able to practice in the coming days, coach Sean McVay replied "I don't think so," Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Higbee sprained his MCL in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 30 and was listed as a non-participant on the Rams' posted injury report last week. At this stage, the tight end's status for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Bengals is cloudy, more so if Higbee is unable to practice at all in advance of the contest. That said, McVay noted that Higbee is "going to do everything in his power" to potentially be available up this weekend, with the team planning to "take it a day at a time with Tyler." In Higbee's anticipated absence from practice, Kendall Blanton is in line to handle first-team TE reps.

Feb 8, 2022 8:59 AM EST

Held out of practice

Higbee (knee) didn't practice Friday, Tyler Dragon of USA Today reports.

Analysis: With Higbee absent for a third straight day, the Rams estimate he'd be listed as doubtful if they had a game this Sunday. As is, he'll have another week to prepare for the Super Bowl, with Higbee and Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (also nursing an MCL sprain) potentially the two biggest injury question marks next week. Backup TE Kendall Blanton caught five passes after Higbee's early departure from the NFC Championship Game.

Feb 4, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Higbee (knee) didn't take part in Thursday's walkthrough, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Higbee is tending to a sprained MCL that knocked him out in the first half of the Rams' victory in the NFC Championship Game this past Sunday against the 49ers. He has no practice reps under his belt yet ahead of a Super Bowl matchup with the Bengals, but with more than a week to go before the contest on Sunday, Feb. 13, he'll have a handful of chances to get some on-field reps. A limited or inactive Higbee would lead to increased significance for reserve tight end Kendall Blanton.

Feb 3, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Begins week as DNP

Higbee (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: This comes as no surprise after Higbee was unable to return to this past Sunday's win in NFC Championship game versus the 49ers due to what coach Sean McVay later revealed to be a sprained MCL. Higbee will have two weeks to put himself in a position to suit up in the Super Bowl against the Bengals on Sunday, Feb. 13, but if he's unable to go or is limited third-year pro Kendall Blanton would be the biggest beneficiary at tight end.

Feb 2, 2022 4:16 PM EST

Officially has MCL sprain

Higbee suffered an MCL sprain during Sunday's 20-17 win against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay relayed the news, which followed a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network earlier Monday that Higbee doesn't have a significant injury, but his availability for Super Bowl LVI versus the Bengals is to be determined. The Rams are expected to take Higbee's recovery day by day with the hope he'll be healthy enough to play on Sunday, Feb. 13. If he's out or limited, though, Higbee would yield TE duties to Kendall Blanton, who recorded five catches (on five targets) for 57 yards this past Sunday.

Jan 31, 2022 4:35 PM EST

Uncertain for Super Bowl

Higbee (knee) appears to have avoided significant damage, but his availability for the Super Bowl is up in the air, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Higbee and Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah (knee) may be the two biggest injury question marks for the upcoming Super Bowl on Feb. 13. Higbee left Sunday's NFC Championship Game after only 14 snaps, leaving Kendall Blanton as the team's only tight end with rookie Brycen Hopkins on the inactive list. Blanton had a big part in the win with five catches for 57 yards, and he may handle a three-down role in the Super Bowl if Higbee isn't ready.

Jan 31, 2022 11:27 AM EST

Plays just 14 snaps before injury

Higbee (knee) caught two of three targets before injuring his knee and leaving Sunday's 20-17 win over the 49ers in their NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: The tight end only played 14 offensive snaps before exiting Sunday, but he'll have two weeks to heal for the Super Bowl. If Higbee misses the game or is on a pitch count, look for Kendall Blanton to receive more playing time. Blanton caught all five on his targets for 57 yards after Higbee left Sunday's game.

Jan 31, 2022 8:01 AM EST

Won't return against 49ers

Higbee (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Higbee sustained the injury in the first half. The Rams will have to get by without their starting tight end for the remainder of the game. If Los Angeles advances to the Super Bowl, Higbee will have two weeks to heal up.

Jan 30, 2022 5:29 PM EST

Hurts knee in NFCCG

Higbee (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against San Francisco, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Higbee caught two of three targets for 18 yards prior to getting hurt in the first half. Kendall Blanton is the only other tight end active for the Rams in the NFC Championship Game.

Jan 30, 2022 4:26 PM EST

Decent results in divisional round

Higbee hauled in four of seven targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Higbee finished third among all Rams' receiving options behind Cooper Kupp (9-183-1) and Odell Beckham (6-69-0). The 28-year-old is averaging 48.5 receiving yards over Los Angeles' first two playoff appearances this year. While that yardage total is nothing to write home about, it is worth mentioning that two of Higbee's five regular season touchdowns came in a Week 18 matchup against the 49ers, who the Rams will be facing in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday.

Jan 23, 2022 5:38 PM EST

Mediocre numbers against Cards

Higbee caught three of his four targets for 46 yards during the 34-11 wild-card round victory over Arizona on Monday.

Analysis: There's been a reliable fantasy floor with Higbee over the past five games, as he's topped 40 receiving yards in each to the tune of 25 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores came during the Week 18 loss to San Francisco, which was his best showing of the season and highlight his upside. Unfortunately, Higbee has provided floor numbers far more frequently than ceiling, though. He should probably be viewed as a mid-tier option at tight end against the Buccaneers this week.

Jan 19, 2022 6:29 AM EST

Two scores in loss

Higbee caught six of eight targets for 55 yards and two scores in Sunday's 27-24 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Higbee appeared to sustain a painful injury on the Rams' first drive of the second quarter, but he was able to return just in time to catch a wide-open lob in the back of the end zone. The veteran tight end even feigned an injury before breaking into dance after scoring his first of two touchdowns on the day. It was a strong finish to a decent fantasy campaign, as the 28-year-old finishes with 61 receptions, 560 yards and five scores in 15 games this regular season. Higbee's predictions should remain modest in the first round of the playoffs against Arizona next week.

Jan 9, 2022 7:54 PM EST

Makes six catches

Higbee caught six passes for 69 yards on nine targets against Baltimore on Sunday.

Analysis: Higbee was the Rams' most effective pass catcher in the first quarter and his nine targets led the team, but the targets weren't especially efficient for the broader Rams passing game. That Higbee saw more targets than Cooper Kupp (seven), Odell Beckham (seven) and Van Jefferson (five) could be viewed as a sign of dysfunction in itself, in other words, so it's probably not something the Rams will look to repeat going forward. Higbee has his role in the Rams offense and seems to do it well, but target volume like this is unlikely to repeat most weeks, including against the 49ers in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Five receptions in return

Higbee recorded five receptions on six targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 30-23 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Higbee returned from a two-game absence while on the reserve/COVID-19 list and matched his season-high with five receptions. He worked primarily in areas close to the line of scrimmage but did manage to record receptions of 12 and 11 yards. Higbee figures to remain a substantial part of the offense heading into a Week 17 matchup against Baltimore, though his volume also figures to be capped due to the presence of Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham and Van Jefferson.

Dec 26, 2021 6:55 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Rams reinstated Higbee from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Higbee has missed the Rams' last two games due to a pair of separate stints on the list. His first placement on the list ahead of a Week 14 game in Arizona was the result of a false positive test, but it's not clear if he returned to the list prior to the Rams' Week 15 win over the Seahawks due to a positive test or a close-contact situation. Regardless, Higbee has now been restored to the active roster, putting him on track to reclaim his usual starting role at tight end Sunday in Minnesota. Through 12 appearances this season, Higbee has turned in a 44-395-3 receiving line on 62 targets.

Dec 24, 2021 8:47 AM EST

Not available for Week 15

Higbee wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Seahawks, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Higbee is one of nine players on the 53-man roster and 16 in the organization who was unable to clear the necessary COVID-19 protocols for the Week 15 contest, even after the NFL pushed back the game two days from its originally scheduled date. The tight end will be missing his second straight game, after he was previously sidelined for the Week 14 win over the Cardinals for what was later revealed to be a false positive COVID-19 test. Though he was restored to the roster one day after that game against Arizona, Higbee returned to the list three days later, either due to a true positive test or as an unvaccinated close contact of an infected person. In any case, with Higbee missing his second game in a row, the Rams will likely turn to the blocking-oriented Kendall Blanton to make another start at tight end.

Dec 21, 2021 10:19 AM EST

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