Sean McVay noncommittal on starting QB if Matthew Stafford is out

Sean McVay is noncommittal on naming a starting QB between John Wolford and Bryce Perkins if Matthew Stafford is out again in Week 13

Matthew Stafford remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol and there’s a chance he misses a second straight game for the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13 versus the Seattle Seahawks. With Stafford’s status for Sunday’s game up in the air, Sean McVay spoke about who could start at quarterback for the Rams in Week 13 between John Wolford and Bryce Perkins.

“I think we’re going to work through that. It might be a combination of both,” McVay said. “I think a lot of it entails, alright, let’s look at their body of work and then let’s take a look at Seattle and how we best feel is going to be the things that we want to try to be able to activate. I wouldn’t say either or right now. I think both of those guys are potential candidates to play if not use both.”

Considering that this is the second time Stafford has entered the league’s concussion protocol this season, the Rams should take a cautious approach with the veteran signal-caller. Besides Stafford, Wolford has been dealing with a neck injury in recent weeks, though he was active in Week 12 while Perkins got the start at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In his first career start, Perkins completed 13 of his 23 attempts for 100 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions versus the Chiefs. The 25-year-old quarterback also rushed for 44 yards on nine attempts, adding an element to an anemic running game for the Rams.

Back in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals, McVay deployed a mixture of Wolford and Perkins sans Stafford, with Perkins mostly just running the ball. While Perkins seemingly earned another start, McVay may elect to use both quarterbacks in Week 13 instead of naming an official starter if Stafford remains out.

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Matthew Stafford’s symptoms improving, Rams don’t plan to shut QB down

The numbness Matthew Stafford felt in his legs has gone away and the Rams don’t plan to shut him down

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Matthew Stafford left last week’s game against the Saints with concussion-like symptoms, so the Rams evaluated him just to be on the safe side. He was placed in the concussion protocol but wasn’t diagnosed with a concussion.

Among the symptoms he felt was numbness in his legs, but now a week removed, Stafford is feeling better. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the numbness has gone away and Stafford’s symptoms have improved. The Rams have no plans to shut him down right now.

Despite the Rams’ 3-7 record and despite Stafford landing in the NFL’s concussion protocol for the second time this season, there are no current plans to shut down Stafford for the remainder of the season, multiple sources say.

Stafford is out today against the Chiefs because of his trip into the concussion protocol and also has a neck injury, so the Rams aren’t going to rush him back. He’s considered week-to-week, with Sean McVay saying the Rams won’t do anything “reckless” with their quarterback.

Adam Schefter of ESPN also reported Sunday that it’s unclear if Stafford will return this season.

Sources told ESPN the Rams, who have lost four straight games and six of their past seven, feel there is no need to rush back an injured player unless the season stops slipping away.

If the Rams (3-7) can string together some wins, starting Sunday when quarterback Bryce Perkins is expected to start at Kansas City, then they can have Stafford rested and ready for a stretch run.

It could ultimately come down to whether the Rams can stay afloat while Stafford is sidelined and potentially save their season. If they lose their next two games and fall to 3-9, there will be no chance of making the playoffs and thus no reason to rush Stafford back.

Rams at Chiefs: Updated odds and betting lines with Matthew Stafford out

Matthew Stafford won’t play against the Chiefs, but that only shifted the spread slightly

There was always a chance Matthew Stafford wouldn’t play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon after leaving the Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the New Orleans Saints, which caused oddsmakers to wait a little while before releasing betting lines for this weekend’s game.

Eventually, Tipico Sportsbook listed the Rams as 14.5-point underdogs to the Chiefs on Monday, but Stafford was officially ruled out by Sean McVay on Wednesday afternoon. Since then, the spread has shifted, but only slightly.

As of Friday morning, the Rams are 15-point underdogs to the Chiefs. The over/under moved more than the spread, dropping from 44 points to 42. Previously, the Rams had never been underdogs of more than seven points with McVay as their head coach, so this is uncharted territory for them.

It’s the biggest spread of the week, too, making it a game very few people expect the Rams to win.

Everything you need to know about Matthew Stafford’s health and status moving forward

All the latest information on Matthew Stafford’s health and status after landing in the concussion protocol

There hadn’t been much clarity on Matthew Stafford’s situation after he left Sunday’s game against the Saints and was evaluated for a concussion. Sean McVay wouldn’t say whether he had a concussion or what exactly his status was.

On Wednesday, McVay shared an update on his quarterback, explaining exactly what’s going on and where he stands ahead of Week 12. Stafford has already been ruled out against the Chiefs this week and is in the concussion protocol, so the team will play it safe moving forward.

It’s the second time in two weeks that Stafford has been placed in the league’s concussion protocol, making this a very delicate situation.

Here’s everything you need to know about Stafford’s health following McVay’s press conference.

Rams rule out QB Matthew Stafford for Week 12 vs. Chiefs

The #Rams have already ruled out QB Matthew Stafford for their Week 12 tilt with the #Chiefs.

It’s looking more and more likely that the Kansas City Chiefs will face third-string Los Angeles Rams QB Bryce Perkins in Week 12.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Rams HC Sean McVay ruled out starting QB Matthew Stafford, who is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after taking a hit that caused numbness in his legs in Week 11. McVay described the injury more as a neck injury than a head injury, but they’re being quite cautious given Stafford had just cleared the concussion protocol recently. Whatever the case, the severity of the injury won’t allow for their Super Bowl-winning quarterback to play in Kansas City.

The team will turn to Perkins, their third-string quarterback due to another neck injury to backup QB John Wolford. Perkins will get the majority of the repetitions in practice this week.

Perkins is a bit of a different style to prepare for compared to Stafford, with dual-threat ability. He completed 5-of-10 passes for 64 yards, recording 39 yards rushing in relief of Stafford in Week 11. While he didn’t score a touchdown, he also took care of the football and twice set the Rams up in field goal range. We’ll see what he’ll look like in Week 12 with an entire week of starting repetitions in practice.

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Matthew Stafford out vs. Chiefs with ‘neck issue,’ is also in concussion protocol

Matthew Stafford is in the concussion protocol and also has a “neck issue,” so he’s been ruled out for Sunday against the Chiefs

Matthew Stafford will not play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that Stafford is in the concussion protocol and is also dealing with a “neck issue,” so he won’t play for the Los Angeles Rams this weekend.

Stafford took a hit on a sack in the third quarter against the Saints and told McVay he felt some numbness in his legs, so the team opted to play it safe with its quarterback. Stafford was evaluated for a concussion earlier this week and talked to the medical staff, ultimately landing in the concussion protocol.

Moving forward, McVay said the team will take it week by week with Stafford and will put his health first.

John Wolford’s status is up in the air as he also deals with a neck strain, so Bryce Perkins will get the first-team reps at quarterback and is likely in line to start against the Chiefs.

Rams QB Bryce Perkins expected to get first-team reps this week

It seems the Rams are preparing to be without Matthew Stafford on Sunday

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The Los Angeles Rams are preparing to be without Matthew Stafford and possibly John Wolford on Sunday afternoon when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs. According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Rams are expected to give Bryce Perkins first-team reps in practice this week.

Stafford is being evaluated for a concussion and Wolford has a neck injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game against the Saints, so it could be Perkins at quarterback. This would be his first career start in the NFL if he is indeed called upon against the Chiefs.

Sean McVay will address the media Wednesday, which should give us more clarity on Stafford’s status.

Perkins played relatively well in relief of Stafford last week, completing 5 of 10 passes for 64 yards with another 39 yards rushing. He didn’t score a touchdown or turn the ball over and led two field goal drives.

The Rams signed Perkins as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He spent last season on the active roster as the third quarterback and remained there this season, as well. Sunday against the Saints was his first regular-season action.

The Matthew Stafford trade has become a win for both teams

Neither the Rams nor the Lions should feel like they lost the Matthew Stafford trade. It’s become a win for both teams.

The Rams paid a lot to acquire Matthew Stafford last year. They traded Jared Goff, two first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Lions for the veteran quarterback, giving Detroit the necessary assets to begin its rebuild under Dan Campbell.

Yet, even with as much as the Rams gave up, it was worth every penny for one simple reason: They won the Super Bowl.

That was the end goal in acquiring Stafford. He was the quarterback who was supposed to get them over the hump, and he did. The Rams probably didn’t expect him to help them win a ring so quickly, but their trade for Stafford was validated after just one season.

On the other side, Los Angeles’ Super Bowl victory probably left many in Detroit feeling frustrated. It showed Stafford really wasn’t the problem for the Lions, not only winning his first playoff game in Year 1 with the Rams, but going all the way to win the Super Bowl.

Now that we’re deep into Stafford’s second season, the trade is looking more and more like a win for both teams. The Rams got their ring, and the Lions are on the verge of getting a top-10 pick, maybe even one inside the top five.

With the Rams sitting at 3-7, they would currently hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2023 draft. That pick, of course, is going to the Lions. Amazingly, the Lions’ own pick (13) is later than the one they got from the Rams, which isn’t something they expected to happen – certainly not after seeing the Rams win it all last season.

Getting a top-10 pick would be a gift for Detroit. Lions GM Brad Holmes probably thought the Rams – his former team – would be contenders for at least two seasons. But more than halfway through the 2022 campaign, the Rams are anything but that. They’re on the verge of one of the worst seasons ever by a defending champion.

Just as it was painful for the Lions and their fans to watch the Rams win Super Bowl LVI with Stafford last season, it’ll be just as hard for fans in Los Angeles to see the Lions picking in the top 10 come April. But when the Lions do go on the clock early in next year’s draft, the Rams can use their massive, diamond-studded rings to distract them.

With each painful loss the Rams suffer this season, everyone in Detroit celebrates a little bit. But in no way should Les Snead or Sean McVay feel like they’re on the wrong end of the trade. They got what they set out for in February.

This is one of those rare blockbuster trades that works out for both sides. It was a win-win.

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Matthew Stafford still being evaluated for concussion, uncertain if he’ll land in protocol

Matthew Stafford is still being evaluated for a concussion and he has yet to be placed in the league’s protocol on Monday.

Matthew Stafford exited Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints with a potential concussion when took a hard hit from multiple defenders. After undergoing more testing on Monday, the Los Angeles Rams have yet to place Stafford in the league’s concussion protocol.

He’s still being evaluated and Sean McVay said it’s unclear if he’ll actually be placed in the protocol.

The injury occurred in the third quarter against the Saints and the veteran quarterback was seen without his helmet before heading to the locker room. Stafford was having one of his best performances of the season before suffering the injury, completing 11 of his 18 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Bryce Perkins would finish the game at quarterback for the Rams, completing five of his 10 attempts for 64 yards while he added 39 rushing yards on five carries. John Wolford was sidelined with a neck injury on Sunday, making Perkins the backup to Stafford.

It’s concerning to see Stafford suffer his second head injury in the last three weeks, so it’s peculiar as to why the Rams haven’t placed him in the protocol yet. Given the uncertainty of Stafford’s status right now, it remains to be seen who will be starting at quarterback in Week 12 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Seahawks stay winning even during bye week

The Seattle Seahawks may have been enjoying some time off during a bye week, but they still managed to get a couple wins on Sunday.

The Seattle Seahawks may have been enjoying some time off during a bye week, but they still managed to get a couple wins on Sunday. Aside from losing a close one to the Buccaneers in Munich, Seattle has had some great fortune as of late, and Week 11 was no different.

The first bit of good news for the Seahawks came courtesy of the New Orleans Saints, who bested the Los Angeles Rams 27-20 on Sunday morning. To say the Rams are suffering from a Super Bowl hangover is the understatement of the season. After losing to the Saints, the Rams have fallen to 3-7 and are in the midst of the worst title-defense season a Super Bowl champion has had since the 1999 Broncos.

In some respects, this is far worse than what the Broncos went through in 1999, considering it was coming off the heels of their second-straight championship and their first year without John Elway. This year’s Rams are just outright bad. Los Angeles is finally paying the piper, as years of trading away first round draft picks for veterans is finally catching up to them. Their lack of depth has been glaringly obvious, especially as quarterback Matthew Stafford and Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp’s injuries have hampered their offense.

The Rams have long been a thorn in Seattle’s side during the entirety of the Pete Carroll era, but especially in the last few years with Sean McVay at the helm. With the Rams looking as bad as they ever have, they could go from being a roadblock to a speedbump for Seattle’s quest to a division title.

As for the other bit of good news, the Denver Broncos lost again. This is not going to turn into a “bash Russell Wilson” post, as the Broncos quarterback actually played reasonably well. But it’s not petty for the 12th Man to be openly rooting against the Broncos, as Seattle owns Denver’s first-round pick.

If the season were to end today, the Seahawks would have the No. 5 overall pick thanks to Denver’s poor season, as they are now 3-7 along with the Rams. Many before the season predicted the Seahawks would have a top-five draft selection and the Broncos would be in contention to win their division. Well, at least one of those predictions might come true.

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