Dec 4, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) walks on the field prior a game against the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford has spinal contusion, ‘good chance’ season over

A spinal contusion previously undisclosed will likely end the season for Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said Sunday night.

Stafford, who cleared concussion protocol earlier this week, landed on injured reserve and was ruled out for the NFC West game with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Asked Sunday night if Stafford was done for the season, McVay said there was a “good chance.”

He has missed three of the past four games.

At this point, 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 the final two games of this season.

Stafford suffered 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 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches (56) in the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford ‘making progress’ but questionable

Head coach Sean McVay said the Rams will go up to 90 minutes before kickoff, if necessary, to determine whether quarterback Matthew Stafford plays Sunday.

Stafford is “going through that protocol” for a concussion and was limited at practice Thursday and Friday.

“Realistically, he’s listed as questionable. So he’s making good progress and that’s where we’re at with that,” McVay said.

No matter who starts for the Rams, McVay said the team would be starting its ninth different offensive line combination in Week 10.

“It has been out of the norm relative to how our guys have typically protected the quarterback. It’s been challenging without a doubt,” he said.

Earlier in the week, the medical staff noted something wasn’t quite right with Stafford after last week’s 16-13 loss at Tampa.

“You obviously have the medical expertise where if they cleared him, but the family and people aren’t comfortable … with based on the information and how he’s feeling, he’s not going to be playing,” McVay said. “The main thing is, you just want to leave the door open if there’s that opportunity to play (a game) with our franchise quarterback who’s an absolute stud.”

Stafford played the entire game against the Buccaneers, going 13 of 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 forced to alter the look of the offensive line.

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

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (3) is grabbed from behind by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill (72) during the  second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams ready to welcome back RB Cam Akers

Rams head coach Sean McVay is ready to welcome back Cam Akers, if the running back would like to return.

The Rams turned down trade offers for Akers, McVay said, and are in talks with his agent to get him back in the fold.

McVay said Oct. 17 it was time for Akers to find a “fresh start with another team,” and detailed the Rams’ plan to help him find one. When no trade partners offered the bounty the Rams were hoping for before Tuesday’s trade deadline, McVay decided it was time to pull a U-turn.

Akers played in the first five games of the 2022 season and started two. But then he missed multiple days of practice, citing “personal” reasons, and did not suit up for the Rams’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. He hasn’t been with the team since.

The next day, McVay said, “I think the best option for all parties I think would be to explore if there’s a good situation for him with another team. If that doesn’t come to fruition, I would never say that him coming back and figuring out the best way to be able utilize him and him being the best player he’s capable of is off the table. I would never speak in absolutes like that.”

Akers was the Rams’ second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has played only 19 games (seven starts) for the team in two-plus years after missing most of the 2021 regular season with a torn Achilles.

When he was on the field this season, Akers gained 151 yards on 51 carries and scored one touchdown. For his career, he’s recorded 779 yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score. He added two rushing touchdowns in the 2020 playoffs.

The Rams still have Darrell Henderson as their starting running back with Malcolm Brown also on the depth chart.

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Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (3) is grabbed from behind by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill (72) during the  second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams will look to trade RB Cam Akers

The Los Angeles Rams are exploring trade options to help disgruntled running back Cam Akers find “a fresh new start with another team,” coach Sean McVay said Monday.

Akers missed multiple days of practice, citing “personal” reasons, and did not suit up for the Rams’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

“As of right now, I think the best option for all parties I think would be to explore if there’s a good situation for him with another team,” McVay said Monday during a news conference. “If that doesn’t come to fruition, I would never say that him coming back and figuring out the best way to be able utilize him and him being the best player he’s capable of is off the table. I would never speak in absolutes like that.”

Akers was the Rams’ second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has played only 19 games (seven starts) for the team in two-plus years after missing most of the 2021 regular season with a torn Achilles.

Akers played in the Rams’ first five games this season, starting two. He gained 151 yards on 51 carries and scored one touchdown. For his career, he’s recorded 779 yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score. He added two rushing touchdowns in the 2020 playoffs.

The Rams (3-3) are favoring Darrell Henderson as their starting running back, while Malcolm Brown is also on the depth chart.

The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 1.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams CB Jalen Ramsey to start camp on PUP list

Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Ramsey underwent surgery on his left shoulder over the offseason. He tweeted a photo of himself with a sling on that shoulder last month. He claimed on a podcast appearance that he played more than half the season with two AC joints sprained.

The 27-year-old is still expected to be ready for ready for the 2022 season opener.

“When we did do that surgery on him, obviously most importantly was how he felt about it, but then with the goal in mind of, alright, attack the rehab the right way and, most importantly, be ready for Sept. 8 ready to go,” coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday. “So we’ll be smart about that progress for him.”

Ramsey played in 16 games (all starts) in 2021, matching his career high with four interceptions and adding 77 tackles with 16 pass breakups. He was named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight year and third time in his career as the Rams went on to win the Super Bowl.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

The Rams also placed linebacker Travin Howard, safety Quentin Lake and rookie running back Kyren Williams on the PUP list to start camp.

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May 23, 2022; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) reacts during organized team activities at California Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford not throwing, Aaron Donald absent from Rams’ OTA

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is still not throwing and defensive tackle Aaron Donald was a no-show due to his contract situation when the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams began voluntary organized team activities on Monday.

Stafford received an anti-inflammatory shot in his right elbow shortly after the Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Stafford was unsure if he would throw later in the offseason, while Rams coach Sean McVay speculated Stafford wouldn’t throw until close to training camp.

Donald, who turned 31 on Monday, is looking for a rich contract extension after reaching the Pro Bowl in all eight of his seasons, as well as being a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Donald has three seasons remaining on a six-year, $135 million deal. He is set to receive $37.25 million in base salary over the next three seasons.

McVay said “dialogue’s good” when asked about negotiations with Donald. McVay said he called to wish Donald a happy birthday.

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Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Eric Weddle (20) looks on during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Notebook: Rams’ Eric Weddle gets shot at Super Bowl after ‘whirlwind’ month

Eric Weddle played 201 regular-season games over 13 NFL seasons and knew he retired two years ago with a hole in his resume.

The six-time Pro Bowl safety never considered there would be a chance to patch it up. But after recently coming out of retirement to play for the Los Angeles Rams, Weddle has a surprise chance to earn a Super Bowl ring on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“This has been a whirlwind the past few weeks,” the 37-year-old Weddle said during Monday’s media availability. “To be on the cusp of something that was missing from my life from a football standpoint is unbelievable.”

Weddle played for Los Angeles in 2019 and Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris contacted him four weeks ago to gauge if he was in shape after being out of the game for two years. The team had sustained injuries in the secondary and was interested in adding someone familiar with their system.

Weddle decided on the night of Jan. 11 that he would accept the challenge.

“The initial shock of it all — that Tuesday night, deciding I was really going to do it,” Weddle said of the process. “I love the game. It brought such joy to my life. Did I want to come back? No. Did I reach out to teams? I did not. I was happy with my new life.

“It was just a fortunate turn of events. But did I thought this would happen? Never.”

Weddle got back into the flow quickly. He led the Rams with nine tackles in the NFC title game win over the San Francisco 49ers.

And now the player who also spent nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers and three with the Baltimore Ravens is looking forward to one last hurrah on the football field.

“It’s not really so surreal in this moment,” Weddle said. “There is a job to be done and the job isn’t finished. Outside of that, nothing else matters.

“All that matters is playing great on Sunday and hoisting that trophy. Until that, the job’s not finished.”

–Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth is in a unique position this week. The four-time Pro Bowl selection spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Bengals and the last five with the Rams.

“It’s a real special week for me to be playing a franchise I invested so much time in for 11 years,” the 40-year-old Whitworth said of the situation. “Not only that, but a city that my family and I were invested in and being part of the community.

“For me, this week couldn’t be more special to have both franchises we put our hearts and souls in to be playing each other in the Super Bowl. It is unbelievable. It’s hard to put into words how cool it is.”

Whitworth started 164 of 168 games played with Cincinnati and has started in all 71 of his appearances with the Rams.

–The Rams are holding out hope that tight end Tyler Higbee (sprained knee) can play after being injured against San Francisco. Coach Sean McVay said it is unlikely that Higbee will practice this week.

“He’s been such a big part of this team,” McVay said. “He’s one of those glue guys on this team. I know he will do everything in his power (to try and play).”

McVay said running back Darrell Henderson Jr. (knee), cornerback Robert Rochell (chest) and defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (pectoral) should all be available. McVay said the team is taking a wait-and-see approach with offensive lineman Joe Noteboom (chest).

–Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is aware that expectations around the Los Angeles sports scene call for championships.

The Lakers and Dodgers both won titles in 2020. So if NBA and MLB teams can get it done, Ramsey thinks it is time for the Rams to add their own banner.

“I guess you could say it has been an extra motivating factor,” Ramsey said. “The Dodgers did it, the Lakers did it and we can do it as well.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford (9) lays on the ground after being injured during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

McVay: Rams QB John Wolford day-to-day with stinger

Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford is day-to-day with a neck stinger.

Head coach Sean McVay said he hasn’t determined the plan at quarterback this week, meaning Jared Goff or Wolford could be used as the starter at Green Bay on Saturday.

McVay said defensive lineman Aaron Donald (rib), offensive lineman David Edwards (Achilles tendonitis) and wide receiver Cooper Kupp (bursitis) are all considered day-to-day after injuries Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Wolford started the game and was relieved by Goff, who didn’t start because he’s less than two weeks removed from a thumb fracture.

“We’re going to take it a day at a time with both of those guys,” McVay said Sunday night. “I just want to be able to see their health. … That’s the first thing, and then we’ll just kind of go from there.”

McVay said swelling is the concern with Kupp’s knee.

“Hopefully, get that swelling and inflammation down, with the anticipation and the hope to have him ready to go,” he said.

–Field Level Media