​The Los Angeles Rams have announced Wednesday that they are putting veteran cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve, a day before he's scheduled to undergo ankle surgery.

​Talib, who was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Rams earlier in the offseason, suffered the injury during Sunday's victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. 

Head coach Sean McVay expects to Talib to return later in the season, which he would be eligible to do because the Rams can use him as one of two players placed on injured reserve that can return after eight weeks.

This injury is a major blow to a Rams secondary that is already banged up. ​Marcus Peters is dealing with a groin strain and will be a game-time decision for their Thursday Night matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

With the timetable on his return unknown at this point, there is a chance that even though Talib can return after eight weeks, he may still be recovering and won't be able to go. 

As of now, the Rams have Sam Shields, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Troy Hill as the only cornerbacks on the roster. That, at the very least, ought to change soon.