Morning Wrap: Rams and Chargers both dealing with injuries as season nears

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ONE: The Rams are less than two weeks away from their season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and they’re keeping close tabs on injuries to Darrell Henderson, Taylor Rapp, Travin Howard and Cooper Kupp, who is listed as day to day according to coach Sean McVay. Rams reporter Kevin Modesti has more on the injuries in today’s report.

TWO: With the Chargers’ Derwin James injured and expected to miss significant time, will the Chargers look to the free agent market to improve their secondary, perhaps sign highly talented and highly volatile Earl Thomas? Or do they have enough talent to stand pat. Chargers reporter Gilbert Manano finds answers to those questions.

THREE:  With Houston and OKC playing a Game 7 on Wednesday, the Lakers find themselves with a few days off after wrapping up their first round series with a 4-1 win over Portland. Kyle Kuza sipped some wine after winning his first playoff series, and the legend of reserve guard Alex Caruso continues to grow, and both were standouts defensively and will need more of it if the Lakers hope to continue their journey toward a championship.

Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso have built defensive confidence after Lakers’ first-round win

FOUR: The Dodgers didn’t blow up social media with a big move at MLB’s trade deadline, but they did make a move, sending pitcher Ross Stripling to Toronto for two players to be named later.

What Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said: “From our standpoint, with (Tony) Gonsolin coming back up, we made the decision going forward to put Tony in the rotation. With that, we didn’t feel comfortable moving Ross to the bullpen. We have a ton of professional and personal respect for Ross and believe that he is a major-league starting pitcher. And ultimately, we didn’t feel comfortable putting him in the bullpen, especially when, as we look out to next spring training, we felt like it was going to be difficult then as well.

FIVE: The Angels’ Jaime Barria pitched a strong game in his return to the rotation, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss to Seattle as the Angels bats go south again. On MLB’s trade deadline day, Angels reporter Jeff Fletcher explains who’s coming and going.