California wildfires force Rams to practice indoors
COSTA MESA, CALIF. » Wildfires aren’t an issue here, the skies clear, the air about as pure as it’s going to get in this part of Southern Cali.
The same with Anaheim, where the Birds are practicing at Angel Stadium and Disneyland is doing its 3D thing.
Roughly 50 miles from the Eagles’ hotel, the wind-driven fires are raging through Ventura and Los Angeles counties, destroying multi-million dollar homes and vegetation and creating issues for the Rams — and potentially the game Sunday at the Coliseum.
Los Angeles is 17 miles from the edge of the carnage, which is close enough to ingest toxic fumes from the smoke.
Thus, the Los Angeles Rams moved their regularly scheduled practice Wednesday in Oxnard indoors due to poor air quality. It’s not known if the Thursday and Friday sessions will be impacted.
With road closures due to the fire, and smoke already billowing just 20 minutes from Los Angeles, there is at least a chance the game between the teams Sunday at the Coliseum in Los Angeles could be affected.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he’s heard nothing from the NFL about a postponement or cancellation. The matter is being monitored on every conceivable level.
“It is obviously a serious issue with what’s going on, and our thoughts and prayers are obviously with the people that are affected,” Pederson said. “I know the Rams were affected these last couple of days. And it makes it a little uncomforting and unsettling.”