Rams' wide receiver Tavon Austin remaining active despite wrist surgery

Despite recovering from offseason wrist surgery, Austin has remained active at the team's practice facility.

The Los Angeles Rams had announced back in May that veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin underwent surgery on his left wrist that would keep him off the field through July. 

Despite that being the case, Austin has been working at the team's practice facility during their OTA practices over the last three weeks and has kept in shape by doing route running. This has caught the attention of head coach Sean McVay, who has voiced encouragement about the former first-round pick's patience with the recovery process. 

"I think with what he can control in the framework of his injury, Tavon is doing really a nice job," McVay said. "He’s active on the sidelines, you see that he’s continuing to try to just perfect his craft with being able to run routes, work on his hand-eye coordination while he can’t fully utilize that wrist. He’s been engaged in meetings.

"We wish he had him available right now, but I think he’s doing a nice job being able to control what he can and he’s getting better within the framework of that.” 

Austin Is coming off his most productive season of his brief career with a career-high 58 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns. He ranked second on the team in catches, and third in receiving yards. In his first four seasons, Austin's 23 career touchdowns (12 receiving, eight rushing, three punt returns) are tied with Houston Texans'DeAndre Hopkins for the most in the league among wide receivers from the 2013 NFL Draft. 

The 26-year-old is a big part of the Rams' long-term plans as he signed a four-year, $42 million extension with $30 million in guarantees last summer. Los Angeles have utilized his versatility beyond lining up at wide receiver as he's been used in the backfield and on special teams as a punt returner through his first four years in the league. 

In his absence, the rest of the receiver corp has picked up the slack in practice with veteran wideout Robert Woods and rookies Cooper Kupp and Joshua Reynolds have stood out in McVay's eyes. 

“I think it is very competitive. I think you’ve seen some guys that have been here do a nice job adjusting to some of the new verbiage, the new system that we’re putting in place," McVay said. "You bring in a free-agent acquisition like Robert Woods, he’s been exactly what we had hoped. And then these rookies are doing a nice job stepping up. I think Cooper Kupp’s done some really good things being consistent day-in and day-out. You’re seeing improvement from Josh Reynolds."

That said, it appears that Austin is on pace to rejoin the Rams on the field in time for training camp next month. 

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.

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