Rams place QB Matthew Stafford on injured reserve

The Rams on Saturday positioned quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve due to a neck harm, virtually definitely ending the 14-year professional’s season.

Stafford, 34, was cleared from concussion protocol on Friday however was declared out of Sunday’s recreation towards the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium.

John Wolford will begin rather than Stafford.

The Rams have six video games remaining. Stafford wouldn’t be eligible to return till the ultimate two video games towards the Chargers and Seahawks. It appears unlikely that the Rams would activate him for video games which are on observe to be meaningless for a crew that goes into Sunday’s recreation with a 3-8 report and a five-game shedding streak.

Stafford joins star receiver Cooper Kupp, receiver Allen Robinson and different starters on injured reserve. Star defensive lineman Aaron Donald additionally won’t play Sunday due to a excessive ankle sprain that might land the three-time NFL defensive participant of the yr on injured reserve.

Stafford has handed for 10 touchdowns, with eight interceptions, a dramatic downturn from final season when he handed for 41 touchdowns, with 17 interceptions, and led the Rams to the Tremendous Bowl title.

Stafford, taking part in behind an injury-ravaged offensive line, was in concussion protocol twice this season.

He was positioned within the protocol for the primary time two days after he was sacked 4 occasions in a Nov. 6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla.

Stafford sat out one recreation and returned to start out towards the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 20 in New Orleans. Stafford, nonetheless, left the sport after he was sacked within the third quarter and instructed medical personnel that he felt numbness in his legs.

Stafford sat out final Sunday’s loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Kansas Metropolis, Mo.

On Friday, when requested which method he was leaning in regard to shutting down Stafford for the season, coach Sean McVay stated there have been “so many layers” to the choice.

“I’m not the expert in that arena,” he stated, “but if there’s any sort of sense of this is something that it’ll be better served in the long term or it’s going to be a few more weeks, things like that, I think that’ll end up kind of taking care of itself.”