Rams player Matthew Stafford will not play against the Chiefs but not because of a concussion


Matthew Stafford of the Rams (9) runs down the field before a game against Arizona. The midfielder missed the game because he was suffering from a concussion. (Kyosung Jung / Associated Press)

Sean McVay tried to explain himself.


Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford The coach said Wednesday that he is concussed but does not have a concussion. McVay explained that the 14-year-old pro will not play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a neck condition, not a concussion.

There is no timetable for Stafford’s return.

“He’s still going to need to be able to take those necessary steps to be able to get it off, but that doesn’t mean he has a concussion or has been diagnosed with one yet,” McVay said.

Stafford’s status for Sunday and beyond has been in doubt since his dismissal from the previous Sunday defeat by the New Orleans Saints. Stafford was Cleared from concussion protocol Two days before recovering from an injury he sustained on November 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stafford left the game in New Orleans after being sacked in the third quarter. McVay said he told the team’s coaches that he felt numbness in his legs, and was checked out on the field in a medical tent. Stafford was put into concussion protocol again this week.

McVay said Stafford was also being evaluated this week for neck and spine conditions.

As a result of some of those reviews and because we Get him out of the game, he’s in concussion protocol,” McVay said. “It doesn’t mean he has a concussion.”

Bryce Perkins or John Walford will start at quarterback on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Rams are 3-7 and have lost four straight games.

Last season, Stafford passed for 41 touchdowns and led the Rams to Super Bowl title. In March, he signed to four years Includes $120 million in guarantees. This season, he has passed 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

Now the Rams must decide if it’s worth playing him for the rest of the season.

Stafford’s latest injury comes two weeks after receiving the star Cooper Cobb suffered an ankle injury This requires surgery. Cope is on injured reserve and will be sidelined for at least three more matches.

Will the Rams consider placing Stafford on injured reserve?

“It’s a week at a time at this point,” said McVay.

Stafford The first task in the concussion protocol He started on November 8, two days after he was sacked by the Pirates four times. McVay said Stafford met with Pittsburgh concussion expert Dr. Michael Collins and sat out the Rams’ quarterback defeat by the Arizona Cardinals In November. 13.

Now Stafford is back to protocol.

“The most important thing is let’s see how he feels,” said McVay, adding, “We’re not going to do anything reckless.”

Walford started against the Cardinals but was inactive against the Saints due to a neck injury. He was restrained on Wednesday, according to the injury report.

Perkins played against the Cardinals and substituted Stafford in the second half against the Saints, leading the Rams to two field goals.

McVay said Perkins will receive the majority of the first-team selection on Wednesday.

The Rams signed quarterback Case Cocos to the Wednesday practice squad. Cookus played at Thousand Oaks High and Northern Arizona but never played in an NFL game.

In 2020, he signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent but was released during training camp. In 2021, he was signed and waived by the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Las Vegas Raiders. Recently played in the USFL.


McVay said defensive lineman Ashawn Robinson suffered a meniscus tear against the Saints and will undergo surgery. … McVay said the decisions to waive running back Darrell Henderson and linebacker Justin Hollins were “only what’s best for our team and for the guys that are running forward — just where we are now. It gives us an opportunity to be able to evaluate some of the players in those positions.” Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Henderson. “That’s my brother,” said Cam Akers, running back. “A lot of people on the team consider him a brother too. Hate to see him go, but obviously want him to be in the best position for him.” Green Bay Packers claimed Hollins. … did not coach center Brian Allen (thumb), tight end Tyler Higbee (knee), and offensive lineman Tai Nsehke (ankle). Receiver Allen Robinson (ankle) was limited.

This story originally appeared Los Angeles Times.

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