Matthew Stafford Out Sunday with Neck Injury

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford
Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford
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NFL Week 12 - The Los Angeles Rams have officially ruled out quarterback Matthew Stafford for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Further reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter specifies Stafford's injury has been labeled a strained neck.

Stafford missed time in Week 10 after entering the league's concussion protocol. He was replaced by John Wolford, who then exited late in the fourth quarter with what was later diagnosed as a "stiff neck," per CBS Sports. Stafford was able to play Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints. 

The Rams are expected to start 2020 undrafted free agent Bryce Perkins on Sunday in his first career start. Perkins made appearances in Weeks 10 and 11, playing just five offensive snaps in Week 10 and playing nearly half of offensive snaps in Week 11. In total, Perkins finished 6-for-11 for 61 yards and three sacks. According to Rapoport, Perkins was already set to take first-team reps during the week, with Wolford still sidelined by injury. 

Comments

6 comments, Last at 25 Nov 2022, 7:57am

#1 by Cythammer // Nov 23, 2022 - 5:10pm

The weird thing about that Stafford trade is that despite immediately resulting in a title, you could still argue it was a bad move. I.e., it's an example of bad process, good results, like a coach repeatedly kicking FGs on fourth and short but winning the game anyway.

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#2 by LionInAZ // Nov 23, 2022 - 10:25pm

It took four years for the Broncos to win a SB with Peyton Manning, and that was when he was a washed up version of himself. Takes more than one season to gauge a transaction.

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#3 by coltsandrew // Nov 24, 2022 - 8:01am

The Rams have won as many super bowls with Stafford as the Colts won with Manning. Two very different approaches to building rosters and remaining in contention, but identical results. Perhaps process is overrated.

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#4 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 24, 2022 - 10:26am

In reply to by coltsandrew

Good luck is always better than process.  Even Napoleon knew that.

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#6 by BlueStarDude // Nov 25, 2022 - 7:57am

Especially sucks because Chiefs-Rams is the "Game of the Week" on Sunday. Will need to find something else to do Sunday afternoon.

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