Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is on record with a concussion and his status for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals has yet to be determined, coach Sean McVay said Wednesday.

“I still assume and have the optimistic approach that he’ll be ready,” McVay said during a press conference ahead of a jog-through workout not open to reporters.

McVay said the jog, rather than a full workout, was part of the Rams approach late in the season to reduce attrition, not because of Stafford’s situation.

John Wolford would likely start against the Cardinals when Stafford isn’t able to play, with Bryce Perkins as a backup.

Last Sunday, Stafford completed 13 of 27 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in a 16-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. He was fired four times.

McVay said it wasn’t clear when Stafford might have sustained an injury that led to medical staff deciding on Tuesday to give him a concussion report. McVay said he was unaware that Stafford was dazed during a loss that lowered the Rams’ record to 3-5.

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

“I know Matthew will do anything to be ready,” McVay said. “We just take it one day at a time.”

In 2020, McVay Wolford started in the season finale against the Cardinals when quarterback Jared Goff sustained a thumb injury. Wolford completed 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards with an interception in an 18-7 win.

The next week, McVay Wolford started in an NFC wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. However, Wolford suffered a neck injury in the first quarter, and Goff came on to lead the Rams to victory.

“He’s got the athleticism, but he’s also got the ability to do a lot of the different shots,” McVay said of Wolford. “His teammates are rallying around him and he has great mastery and ownership of what we’re really trying to achieve.”

More later at latimes.com/sports/rams

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-11-09/more-rams-trouble-quarterback-matthew-stafford-in-concussion-protocol Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol

Emma Bowman

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