Rams’ Matthew Stafford clears concussion protocol, will not start

Rams' Matthew Stafford clears concussion protocol, will not start

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was released from concussion protocol, coach Sean McVay said Friday, but because of a neck problem, John Wolford will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium.

Stafford has not practiced since being sacked in a game on November 20 in New Orleans. McVay said Stafford’s availability for the remaining five games would be determined upon evaluation and discussion over the next few weeks.

Bryce Perkins started at quarterback in last Sunday’s loss by the Kansas City Chiefs. But this week McVay has opted to start Wolford, who started in a November 13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Wolford started during the 2020 season in the NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seahawks, but left the game in the first quarter after suffering a neck injury.

“It’s really an opportunity to see if he can build on some of the things he’s done,” McVay said of the decision to start Wolford. “He’s got a little more experience with it.

“In some instances, we felt like he might have given us a slightly better chance of doing the job, but that’s in no way an indictment on Bryce.

“I thought it was a really tough situation that he had to manage last week on the road, different things like that. John has a bit more experience. I think as far as you can do with him, he Both bring some similar traits to the table. But there’s a chance you could see Bryce in this game as well.”

McVay said left tackle Ty Nasehke, who was sidelined against the Chiefs with an ankle injury, would play on Sunday.

Linebacker Terrell Lewis (back) and receiver Lance McCutcheon (shoulder) are out. Center Brian Allen (thumb), cornerback Troy Hill (groin) and linebacker Ernest Jones (back) are questionable.

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