Jan 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford (9) throws a pass during the froth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals  at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

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Rams’ Jared Goff enters contest for injured John Wolford

John Wolford started at quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday but departed with a neck injury just nine-plus minutes into the NFC wild-card game against the host Seattle Seahawks.

The injury led to typical starter Jared Goff taking over. Goff was the designated backup because he had surgery on his broken right thumb 12 days ago and wasn’t deemed ready to start.

Goff threw passes prior to the contest and didn’t appear to be limited.

Wolford was hurt on a keeper in which Seattle safely Jamal Adams used his shoulder on a tackle that smacked Wolford hard in the head. Wolford was down on the turf in pain and was assisted by trainers before he was able to walk off the field.

Wolford went to the locker room for further examination. The Rams said his return was questionable.

Wolford was making his second career NFL appearance. He started against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 and completed 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards and one interception in the Rams’s 18-7 victory. He also rushed for 56 yards on six attempts.

The 25-year-old Wolford played college football at Wake Forest.

Goff passed for 3,952 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games during the regular season.

Veteran quarterback Blake Bortles, the third stringer, was one of the Rams’ inactives on Saturday.

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