Matthew Stafford should be able to play against the Saints, according to Sean McVay
It looks like Matthew Stafford‘s time in concussion protocol is coming to a close.
On Wednesday, Stafford took part in the complete Rams practice, and following, head coach Sean McVay informed reporters that Stafford would likely be cleared from protocol by Friday. Sunday’s game against New Orleans should also be a go for Stafford.
According to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop, McVay said of Stafford, “I know he’s chomping at the bit to get out there with his teammates” if he is given the all-clear.
After being put in the concussion protocol, Stafford was unable to play in Los Angeles’ Week 10 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. John Wolford, the backup quarterback, came in and struggled, with his sole touchdown pass coming in the waning seconds of a game that was already won.
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According to McVay’s press conference, Wolford was sidelined from Wednesday’s practice due to neck pain. If the veteran quarterback clears protocol as McVay predicts, then third-stringer Bryce Perkins would be Stafford’s backup if he is unable to dress for Sunday’s game.
Stafford, like the rest of the Rams, has had a tough season thus far, with the quarterback throwing as many interceptions as touchdowns (8-8). After losing Cooper Kupp to an ankle injury, Los Angeles’ 3-6 start is matched for the franchise’s worst through nine games by a defending Super Bowl winner, and there aren’t many indicators it’s going to get much better.
The Rams’ chances this weekend against the Saints, who are just as bad right now, could improve if Stafford is well enough to play. He may or may not return in time to aid his team’s effort to regain momentum.