Rams quarterback Stetson Bennett has been placed on the non-football injury list, coach Sean McVay said Wednesday, declining to provide details.
“Out of respect for him and the situation, I’m going to keep all the specifics and specifics in house,” said McVay, whose team is preparing to play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at SoFi Stadum.
Bennett will miss four games. He could return in Week 6 when the Rams host the Arizona Cardinals.
Bennett, a fourth-round draft pick who was projected to be Matthew Stafford’s backup, was inactive for the Rams’ season-opening win over the Seattle Seahawks because of a shoulder injury. McVay said Bennett’s placement on the non-football injury list had nothing to do with the shoulder problem.
Brett Rypien was named to the roster against the Seahawks and will continue to serve as a backup, McVay said.
Bennett won back-to-back national titles with Georgia before the Rams selected him as Stafford’s backup and possible successor. Rams scouts said they checked on Bennett and that he gave mature answers to questions about a January incident in Texas in which he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.
Bennett showed promise in the preseason games against the Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders, but struggled greatly in the final preseason game against the Denver Broncos.
When asked how Bennett’s current situation impacts the Rams as an organization, McVay replied, “I think there are certain things that are much bigger.”