Broncos@Rams

KEVIN REECE/Special to the Valley Press

STAYING FOCUSED — Rams coach Sean McVay watches a play unfold during a preseason game on Aug. 24. The Rams have their home opener against the Saints this Sunday and McVay is looking to move on from the NFC no-call game.

Rams coach Sean McVay ran down the injury report.

Edge rusher Clay Matthews Jr. had a sore back. 

Defensive end Michael Brockers’ shoulder was bothering him.

Safety and defensive signal-caller Eric Weddle, gashed in the back of the head in a collision in the season opener at Charlotte, was healing quickly and was expected to play Sunday.

Sunday, in the Payback Bowl vs. the New Orleans Saints.

“Sunday is a big day because it’s our home opener,” insisted the Rams coach. “We’re playing a very good football team in the Saints.

“This is the 2019 season, not 2018.”

The Saints and Rams will seemingly always be linked now by the non-called pass interference by Nickell Robey-Coleman on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis with 1:45 to play in the NFC championship game in New Orleans last January.

Both sides insist it’s over, and have moved on.

But Robey-Coleman cancelled a scheduled press conference Wednesday.

And McVay did address his team about the ancient history.

“Look, we all know it should have been pass interference,” McVay said. “NR-C knows it. It was a play that definitely benefitted us.

“There were other plays in that game afterward, though. So let’s not make it more than it was.”

Sean Payton agrees.

“It seems like that was a long time ago,” the Saints coach told a midweek media teleconference. “We’re two different teams now.

“This is week two of the regular season between two good football teams. Let’s not blow it out of proportion.”

If anything, the Saints look even more potent offensively than their 2018 forebears.

“We both want to be 2-0,” said Rams running back Todd Gurley II, “but only one of us will be.”

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