THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has been dominated out for Sunday’s recreation towards the Kansas City Chiefs, Rams coach Sean McVay stated Wednesday. Here’s what it’s essential know:
- Stafford, the Rams’ starter, left Sunday’s loss to the Saints after being sacked within the third quarter and was evaluated for a concussion.
- On Wednesday, McVay stated he can’t say if Stafford suffered a concussion, calling it a neck subject because the group evaluates.
- Rams backup quarterback John Wolford was sidelined towards New Orleans whereas coping with a stiff neck.
- With Stafford and Wolford injured, the Rams gave third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins, an undrafted free agent who has by no means began an NFL recreation, first-team reps in follow Wednesday.
Stafford alerted coaches and medical employees to numbness in his legs after taking a success on Sunday in New Orleans. He went into the concussion analysis course of in-game, and underwent additional testing (together with neck and backbone checks) on Monday.
McVay stated Stafford is formally within the concussion protocol, however can’t say whether or not Stafford does have a concussion or has been recognized with one. He will proceed testing however is not feeling numbness in his legs. “He is in the concussion protocol, that does not mean that he has a concussion,” stated McVay. “Because we pulled him out of the game for those reasons, he’s got a neck issue right now and we’re continuing to gather those evidence.”
Stafford can be out Sunday towards the Chiefs and can nonetheless have to clear the five-step protocol. Bryce Perkins will take the starter’s portion of the follow workload, however neither McVay nor offensive coordinator Liam Coen dedicated to Perkins getting the beginning on Sunday.
Stafford is within the concussion protocol for the second time in three weeks, and missed Week 10 whereas within the protocol. McVay declined throughout that point to say whether or not Stafford had suffered a concussion. Stafford began towards the Saints two days after clearing the concussion protocol.
McVay additionally stated Wednesday that the Rams will “take a week at a time” concerning Stafford’s damage and McVay doesn’t rule out shutting Stafford down for the remainder of the 12 months.
Wolford progressing; Perkins’ restricted NFL expertise
On Monday, McVay stated Wolford was nonetheless coping with his neck subject however “trending in the right direction.” Although Wolford missed Sunday’s recreation, he was in a position to be a part of follow final Thursday (restricted participant) and Friday (full).
The Rams signed Perkins as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2020 and later waived him forward of ultimate roster cuts for the 2020 season. He signed a reserve/futures contract with the group in January 2021 and had just one cross this season earlier than he entered Sunday’s recreation for an injured Stafford. Perkins went 5-of-10 with 64 throwing yards within the loss to the Saints.
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