The Los Angeles Rams are expected to have Matthew Stafford back as their starting quarterback for their Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Stafford exited Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys with a sprained UCL in his right thumb. He missed Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers.
Their bye week came at the right time, giving him an extra week to recover.
The Los Angeles Rams QB suffered many injuries during their 2021 Super Bowl run.
The Rams traded Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick, and a 2023 first-round pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford.
Stafford battled through numerous injuries during the 2021 season. He got surgery on his right thumb during the Spring. He re-injured his thumb after he hit a teammate’s helmet during training camp.
He also dealt with a sprained ankle, pain in his right elbow, and a sore back during the season. He suffered a toe sprain in the season finale vs. the San Francisco 49ers.
Stafford toughened up and managed to play in every game during the 2021 season. He went 404/601 for 4,886 yards and threw 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also went 98/140 for 1,188 yards and threw nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory over the Bengals.
Stafford’s 2022 campaign was cut short due to injuries.
Los Angeles Rams, Matthew Stafford
Stafford signed a 4-year, $160 million extension with the Rams on March 19, 2022. He underwent an elbow procedure during the offseason. He didn’t throw during spring workouts and was on a throwing schedule during training camp.
Stafford exited Week 9 with a concussion and missed Week 10. He returned to action in Week 11 to get injured during the third quarter. He suffered a spinal cord contusion. Los Angeles placed him on season-ending injured reserve.
He went 206/303 for 2,087 yards and threw ten touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 3-6 record.
Who filled in for Stafford when he missed Week 9?
Brett Rypien filled in as the starting quarterback in Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers. He went 13/28 for 130 yards and one interception in their 3-20 defeat. Los Angeles released Rypien during their bye week.
The Rams signed a new backup.
What should Los Angeles do with Stafford?
Expect Stafford to start in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks and attempt to play the rest of the season. Hopefully, he doesn’t suffer any injuries for the rest of the season. He is one tough player who has dealt with many injuries during his NFL career.
The Rams might have to make the difficult decision to let Stafford go and potentially draft their quarterback of the future in the 2024 draft.