Los Angeles Rams midfielder Matthew Stafford is likely to make one final appearance this season after being placed on the bench through injury, sidelining him for at least four games; John Wolford will start against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
By the Press Association
Last Updated: 03/12/22 8:34pm
Midfielder Matthew Stafford was placed on the injured bench by the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, a day after he overcame the NFL’s concussion protocol for the second time this season.
Stafford was ruled out of the Rams’ home game against Seattle on Sunday due to a neck injury. The Super Bowl winner will now be sidelined for at least four games, potentially bringing his season to a close.
Stafford has missed two of the last three games for the Rams (3-8), their title defense season has collapsed with a five-game losing streak. Although the Rams have not confirmed Stafford has a concussion this season, he has made two trips through the league’s concussion protocol.
John Wolford will start in quarterback for Los Angeles against the Seahawks, while All-Pro defensive player Aaron Donald and All-Pro player Cooper Kupp are also absent through injury.
Stafford felt numbness in his leg during the Rams’ loss at New Orleans two weeks before the game just two days after going through the concussion procedure for the first time.
After Stafford cleared protocol again on Friday, coach Sean McVay admitted the struggling Rams likely won’t be in a hurry to return their 34-year-old star midfielder, who has a contract until 2026.
“You know he won’t be available this week because of the neck,” McVay said. “So now that we’ve removed one of those steps, the next thing to do is, let’s get it together and then see what that looks like when the neck affects it. his availability and what we will do for the rest of the season.”
Stafford has passed 2,087 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions while also completing the highest 68 percent of his career passes in nine games this season, his second with the Rams in 12 years with Detroit Lions. He’s been one of the NFL’s most enduring quarterbacks over the past 11 seasons, missing just eight games – all of which came in the 2019 season – through injury.
Stafford, Kupp and Donald join receiver Allen Robinson, defensive player A’Shawn Robinson and a host of critically injured attackers for the Rams, who are having their worst start since 2011 after falling into disarray. longest slide since 2016.
The Rams also activated rookie defender Daniel Hardy from the injured reserve. The seventh-round pick has yet to make his NFL debut after spraining his high ankle in pre-season.
Hardy can immediately play as a winger for the Rams, who will be without full-back Terrell Lewis due to a back injury. Los Angeles cut veteran rider Justin Hollins earlier this month, further weakening its passing power.
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