Rams’ Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol, unsure vs. Cardinals

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is in concussion protocol and his standing for Sunday’s recreation towards the Arizona Cardinals is to be decided, coach Sean McVay mentioned Wednesday.

“Still anticipating and having the optimistic approach that he’ll be ready to go,” McVay mentioned throughout a information convention earlier than a jog-through exercise that was not open to reporters.

McVay mentioned the jog-through, moderately than a full follow, was a part of the Rams late-season method to cut back put on and tear, not due to Stafford’s scenario.

John Wolford would in all probability would begin towards the Cardinals if Stafford can’t play, with Bryce Perkins because the backup.

Final Sunday, Stafford accomplished 13 of 27 passes for 165 yards and a landing in a 16-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. He was sacked 4 instances.

McVay mentioned it was not clear when Stafford may need suffered an harm that resulted within the medical employees’s willpower Tuesday to position him concussion protocol. McVay mentioned he was not conscious of Stafford being woozy throughout a loss that dropped the Rams’ file to 3-5.

Stafford, 34, is in his 14th NFL season. He has handed for eight touchdowns, with eight interceptions.

“I know Matthew will do everything is his power to try and be ready,” McVay mentioned. “We’ll just take it a day at a time.”

In 2020, with quarterback Jared Goff nursing a thumb harm, McVay began Wolford within the season finale towards the Cardinals. Wolford accomplished 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards, with an interception, in an 18-7 victory.

The following week, McVay began Wolford in an NFC wild-card playoff recreation towards the Seattle Seahawks. Wolford suffered a neck harm within the first quarter, nevertheless, and Goff got here on to guide the Rams to victory.

“He’s got the athleticism, but he’s also got the ability to be able to make a lot of the different throws,” McVay mentioned of Wolford. “His teammates rally around him, and he’s got a great mastery and ownership of what we’re really trying to get done.”

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