Rams’ QB Stafford out this week; maybe longer

November 23, 2022

Rams’ QB Stafford out this week; maybe longer … Just when the defending Super Bowl champion LA Rams thought that their miserable season couldn’t get any worse comes word that QB Matt Stafford is back in concussion protocol with a neck issue and will not play this weekend when the 3-7 Rams play Kansas City. In fact, there are concerns in the organization that Stafford could end up missing the rest of the season. Ironically, the main beneficiaries of that turn of events could be the Detroit Lions who traded Stafford to the Rams last winter and hold the Rams’ first-round pick at the 2023 draft. And that picks just keeps on getting better and better, at least for the Lions. Indeed, as of this week the Lions would be making the 6th pick overall with the Rams selection and there is every chance that it could ultimately be even higher if in fact Stafford is out for any extended period. For the record, Stafford will likely be replaced by 3rd stringer Bryce Perkins, a former undrafted free agent who has thrown all of 11 passes in his 2-year career to date. And just to update our earlier report on the rest of the QB carousel and its potential impact on the selection order for the upcoming draft, sources close to the team indicate that Houston, which would have the #1 pick were the draft held today, will in fact be starting veteran journeyman Kyle Allen instead of Davis Mills. At the same time, Chicago has confirmed that Justin Fields separated his shoulder late in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. Fields did practice today ahead of this week’s game in New York against the Jets, but was reportedly experiencing considerable pain throughout the day. If Fields can’t play against the Jets it will mean that both teams will have new QBs as the Jets have confirmed that veteran back-up Mike White will replace Zach Wilson who struggled big-time in last week’s disappointing loss to the Patriots.