Jared Goff will miss the Los Angeles Rams’ regular-season finale in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals after present process surgical procedure on his proper thumb.
Goff may return every week later if the Rams make the playoffs, coach Sean McVay stated Monday evening.
John Wolford will take his first NFL snaps as Goff’s alternative when the Rams (9-6) host the Cardinals on Sunday. Los Angeles will clinch a playoff spot with a victory, or if the Chicago Bears lose to Inexperienced Bay.
“John has achieved a terrific job making ready himself all 12 months,” McVay stated. “You watch him work, and the best way he’s ready, I do know there’s confidence in him together with his teammates. He’s put himself in a great place the place he may are available in and lead the offense.”
The Rams additionally will probably be with out main rusher Darrell Henderson, who’s headed to injured reserve with a excessive ankle sprain. Rookie operating again Cam Akers could possibly return from his personal excessive ankle sprain after lacking only one recreation, McVay stated.
Rookie Bryce Perkins will probably be in uniform as a backup quarterback Sunday, and Los Angeles additionally plans to re-sign veteran Blake Bortles, who spent final season as Goff’s backup earlier than shifting this season to Denver, the place he was on the observe squad.
Wolford has spent the previous two seasons with the Rams after a stable season within the Alliance of American Soccer. The Wake Forest product was the third-stringer behind Goff and Bortles final season earlier than shifting as much as the No. 2 job this 12 months, however he hasn’t performed for the Rams.
“We really feel nice” with Wolford in cost, middle Austin Blythe stated. “We’ve the utmost confidence in John to exit and carry out. It is nonetheless our offense. We’re nonetheless going to name the identical performs. Nothing goes to alter from our standpoint (or) attitude-wise. It simply comes right down to execution.”
Goff hasn’t missed a recreation as a consequence of harm in his five-year NFL profession, sitting out only one recreation when McVay rested his starters within the 2017 regular-season finale. He injured his thumb when he hit his hand on the helmet of Seattle defensive finish Benson Mayowa within the second half of the Rams’ 20-9 loss to the Seahawks final Sunday.
Goff performed the remainder of the sport with the harm, however had surgical procedure to insert screws in his thumb on Monday. Goff needed to be persuaded to have surgical procedure as a substitute of toughing it out this week, McVay stated.
“He really ought to be obtainable, if we’re capable of deal with enterprise, for the playoffs — which is fairly wonderful,” McVay stated. “You’ve received to be sure that typically you assist make the choice or assist paint an image of why that is the sensible factor for the longevity of your profession, and never simply be short-sighted.”
Wolford by no means received any motion in his first 31 video games with the Rams, however his coaches and teammates seem assured in his capacity to deal with a starring position. The 6-foot-1 Wolford, who’s considerably smaller and extra cell than Goff, spends his weeks with the scout crew impersonating the Rams’ opponents’ quarterbacks, from Kyler Murray to Jimmy Garoppolo.
“We have a terrific man in John Wolford,” operating again Malcolm Brown stated. “Not simply me, however the whole crew has confidence in him. I do know John will probably be ready for it.”
Goff is tenth within the NFL with 3,952 yards passing with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has been in a hunch over the previous six video games, throwing for 1,505 yards with seven touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
With Henderson out and Akers’ availability unsure, Brown is more likely to be the Rams’ featured again. Todd Gurley’s longtime backup has shared carries in a three-man tandem within the Los Angeles backfield this season.
Undrafted rookie operating again Xavier Jones is also more likely to get an opportunity within the backfield, McVay stated. Jones, an SMU product, made the roster out of coaching camp, however has performed completely on particular groups.
“He is a man that is actual shifty,” Brown stated of Jones. “I have never seen loads of guys like him. One-on-one, you may wager on him making a man miss. He can do every thing. I am fairly excited for him to get within the rhythm of issues.”