Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) makes a throw in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams to pick up QB Matthew Stafford’s 2023 option

The Los Angeles Rams are expected to pick up the 2023 option bonus and 2024 salary for Matthew Stafford in March, giving the quarterback $62 million in guaranteed cash, ESPN reported Saturday.

The move would come by March 19, the day the guarantees kick in. Before the 2022 season, the Rams signed him to a four-year, $160 million contract extension through 2026.

Acquired by the Rams from the Detroit Lions before the 2021 season, Stafford led Los Angeles to its first-ever Super Bowl victory. But 2022 was another story.

Stafford, who will turn 35 next month, is coming off his 14th NFL season, which ended prematurely with a season-ending injury.

Stafford was diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion in addition to a concussion, but it isn’t expected to be a long-term problem. He missed the final seven games of the season for the Rams, who finished 5-12 amid injures to the team’s biggest stars — Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Stafford sustained a neck injury in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints after clearing protocol from a previous concussion.

He passed for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2022. He has thrown for 52,082 yards and 333 touchdowns in 191 games in his 14-year career with the Detroit Lions (2009-20) and Rams.

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Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) makes a throw in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford says he is not retiring after season

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford provided a blunt response on Tuesday when asked if he was retiring after this season.

Speaking on “The Morning After with Kelly Stafford,” the quarterback was asked by his wife if he was willing to call it career.

“Oh, no,” he said.

Stafford, 34, will not play again during the 2022 season due to a spinal contusion. He is not expected to undergo surgery during this upcoming offseason.

Signed in March to a four-year, $160 million extension with the Rams through the 2026 season, Stafford sustained a neck injury in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints after clearing protocol from a previous concussion.

Stafford has passed for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games (all starts) this season. He has thrown for 52,082 yards and 333 touchdowns in 191 games in his 14-year career with the Detroit Lions (2009-20) and Rams.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) watches the game against the Arizona Cardinals from the sidelines at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford goes on IR, likely ending season

The Los Angeles Rams placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve Saturday, likely ending his season.

Stafford, who cleared concussion protocol earlier this week, was already ruled out for Sunday’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

He has already missed two of the past three games and he now will have to miss at least three additional games. With the defending Super Bowl champions sitting at 3-8, it would make little sense for Stafford — who the Rams signed to a four-year, $160-million contract through 2026 — to return to the lineup for just the final two games of this season.

Stafford sustained a neck injury in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints after clearing protocol from a previous concussion.

Stafford, 34, has passed for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He has thrown for 52,082 yards and 333 touchdowns in 191 games in his 14-year career with the Detroit Lions (2009-20) and Rams.

John Wolford will get the start against the Seahawks on Sunday after Bryce Perkins started under center last weekend in a 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) tries to slip past Arizona Cardinals guard Lecitus Smith (54) to get to quarterback Colt McCoy (not pictured) during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams DT Aaron Donald, QB Matthew Stafford out Week 13

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald will not play Sunday due to a high-ankle sprain that could lead to Los Angeles shutting him down for the rest of the season.

Donald, 31, has never missed an NFL game due to injury, meaning the seven-time All-Pro would be sitting for the first time Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Donald missed two games in 2017 due to a contract holdout.

“That’s what makes Aaron, Aaron,” McVay said. “He’s unbelievable. I mean to be able to play through that, the toughness, everything that he embodies is what you love about Aaron.”

Donald was injured in the first quarter last week but remained in the game, a 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

With a five-game losing streak and a 3-8 overall record, Los Angeles has only one win since Sept. 25. A rash of injuries isn’t helping the Rams’ mood.

Wide receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson II are on injured reserve, and quarterback Matthew Stafford (concussion) played only two of the team’s four games in November.

McVay said Wednesday it was “safe to say” Stafford, 34, would miss Week 13.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) makes a throw in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford (concussion), DT Aaron Donald (ankle) iffy for Week 13

The injury uncertainty around the Los Angeles Rams continues to cloud the defending Super Bowl champions.

In Sean McVay’s latest day-after injury update on Monday following the Rams’ 26-10 loss at Kansas City, the head coach told reporters that this week’s playing status for quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive tackle Aaron Donald remains up in the air.

Stafford missed his second game in the past three weeks on Sunday because of a strained neck as well as recurring concussion treatment. McVay said Monday there was nothing new to report on Stafford’s playing status.

McVay said that Donald, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has a potential high ankle sprain and hopes to have more clarity by Wednesday after continuing to consult with team doctors. Donald, 31, has never missed a game because of injury in his nine seasons.

The Rams, who have lost five straight games to fall to 3-8, host a pair of games in a five-day span starting on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks before facing the Las Vegas Raiders the following Thursday. According to Elias Sports, that streak matches the NFL record for a losing streak by any reigning NFL champion.

The 34-year-old Stafford was removed from L.A.’s Week 11 game against the New Orleans Saints after absorbing a hit that McVay said left Stafford with some numbness in his legs. The veteran quarterback has played every game in 10 of his 14 NFL seasons, and this year marks just the second time since 2011 that he has missed multiple starts.

Backup Bryce Perkins made his first career start against the Chiefs on Sunday and completed 13 of 23 passes for 100 yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. He led the Rams in rushing with 44 yards on nine carries.

Injuries have plagued the Rams in 2022. The team has been without star receiver Cooper Kupp, who has missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain and remains on injured reserve. Fellow wideout Allen Robinson II may be forced to miss the rest of the season, per McVay on Sunday, because of foot surgery. The offensive line has been riddled with injuries, forcing the team into using 11 different starting line combinations in 11 games.

McVay told reporters recently that he wouldn’t rule out sidelining any of his keys stars for the remainder of the season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) makes a throw in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams QB Matthew Stafford might not return in ’22

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford might not return in the 2022 season, ESPN reported Sunday.

Stafford, who led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory in February, won’t play Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs. He has a strained neck and also has been in concussion protocol twice this month.

The 34-year-old Stafford was removed from last Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints after absorbing a hit that coach Sean McVay said left Stafford with some numbness in his legs.

Bryce Perkins is expected to make his first NFL start at quarterback for the Rams. Perkins, 25, filled in for Stafford last Sunday and was 5-of-10 passing for 64 yards. He ran five times for 39 yards, but the Saints also sacked him three times.

ESPN said that if the Rams (3-7) can go on a winning streak, then Stafford could rest and return to action if a playoff berth is on the line. McVay, however, told reporters earlier this week that he wouldn’t rule out keeping Stafford out for the remainder of the season.

Stafford has thrown for 2,087 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.

In March, he signed a four-year, $160 million contract extention with the Rams, which included a $60 million signing bonus and $130 million in guaranteed money.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is grabbed by New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss (55) in the second quarter at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford ruled out for Week 12

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his second game in three weeks after he was returned to concussion protocol.

Stafford, 34, originally was placed in concussion protocol after a 16-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 6 and ended up missing a 27-17 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 13.

The 14-year veteran, who guided the Rams to the Super Bowl title last season, returned to the field last week but left early in a 27-20 road defeat to the New Orleans Saints.

Changes and injury issues on the offensive line have led to Los Angeles’ disappointing 3-7 record this season. Stafford has passed for 2,087 yards in nine games with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has been sacked 29 times, one less than he was sacked in 17 games last season.

The Rams started John Wolford in the defeat to the Cardinals, but he struggled by going 24 of 36 for 212 yards and one TD with one interception. Wolford was not active last week with a neck injury.

Undrafted quarterback Bryce Perkins is expected to make his first NFL start in the Rams’ road game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Perkins, 25, is 6 of 11 for 61 yards in two appearances this season.

Perkins threw for 3,530 yards with 22 TDs and 12 interceptions as a senior at Virginia in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is grabbed by New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss (55) in the second quarter at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford leaves game vs. Saints in concussion protocol

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford — cleared Saturday from the concussion protocol — left in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints for a concussion evaluation.

Stafford came out of the game at the 9:38 mark of the quarter after being sacked for a 9-yard loss. He completed 11 of 18 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns before being replaced by Bryce Perkins.

Stafford was placed in NFL concussion protocol after the team’s loss to Tampa Bay in Week 9.

John Wolford started in place of Stafford against the Arizona Cardinals last week, throwing for 212 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Entering the game, Stafford had thrown for 1,928 yards and eight touchdowns against eight interceptions this season. He had been sacked 28 times, third most in the NFL, as the team has been forced to alter the look of the offensive line.

Los Angeles started nine different combinations on the offensive line in its first nine games.

The Saints won 27-20.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) watches the game against the Arizona Cardinals from the sidelines at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford returns to practice

Matthew Stafford is back.

The Los Angeles Rams starting quarterback returned to practice as a full participant Wednesday after missing last week’s game with a concussion. He’s expected to start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

His return couldn’t come at a more crucial time. The Rams (3-6) are in last place in the NFC West and teetering on the brink of falling out of the playoff race before December. The Rams have lost three straight games, plus top wide receiver Cooper Kupp for at least four games with an ankle injury.

Kupp was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, needing stabilizing surgery on the high-ankle sprain he suffered in last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Stafford was placed in NFL concussion protocol after the team’s loss to Tampa Bay in Week 9.

John Wolford started in place of Stafford against the Cardinals, throwing for 212 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Stafford has thrown for 1,928 yards and eight touchdowns against eight interceptions this season. He has been sacked 28 times, third most in the NFL, as the team has been forced to alter the look of the offensive line.

The Rams visit New Orleans (3-7) this Sunday when again the makeup of the front five protecting Stafford is in question. Los Angeles has started nine different combinations on the offensive line in nine games.

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Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) warms up before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol

The Los Angeles Rams placed quarterback Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol Wednesday.

Rams head coach Sean McVay said the move comes on the direction of the team’s medical staff, who noted something wasn’t quite right with Stafford after last week’s loss at Tampa.

“It’s more importantly about the person, than the player in these types of things as we know,” McVay said Wednesday. “… We’ll take it a day at a time with him and that’s what our medical experts determined, just based on some of the things that they gathered was the smart and right course of action.”

Stafford played the entire game against the Bucs, going 13-for-27 for 165 yards and a touchdown.

John Wolford is the primary backup to Stafford on the depth chart. Bryce Perkins is also on the 53-man roster. Wolford has appeared in four games over three seasons for the Rams, going 1-0 as a starter. He’s thrown 42 career regular-season passes in the NFL and started a 2020 playoff game before departing early with a head injury.

Stafford has thrown for 1,928 yards and eight touchdowns against eight interceptions this season. He has been sacked 28 times, third most in the NFL, as the team has been dealing with injuries on the offensive line.

The Rams (3-5) host division rival Arizona (3-6) this Sunday.

–Field Level Media