Rams coach Sean McVay on Matthew Stafford's injury: He'll be good
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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has announced that Matthew Stafford probably won't require an offseason surgery for his neck injury. Three weeks ago, Stafford injured his neck against the New Orleans Saints. Even though Stafford cleared the concussion protocol last week, he was placed on injured reserve due to a spinal cord contusion.
"He'll be good. To my knowledge, there's nothing like that that's going to be required or necessary. And it will be great for Matthew to have a healthy offseason and do a lot of the things that I think he'll feel good about being able to do," McVay said of Stafford, per ESPN.
The Rams have a new starting quarterback while Stafford is injured
On Monday, the Carolina Panthers waived Baker Mayfield after the quarterback asked to be released. The Rams put a waiver claim on Mayfield and the former first overall pick signed with the Rams on Tuesday.
Two days later, Mayfield made his Rams debut. John Wolford started Thursday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders, before being replaced by Mayfield. Mayfield struggles in his first few drives, but then had a stunning end to the game.
With less than four minutes left in the game, the Raiders appeared to have a comfortable 16-3 lead. Then, the Rams scored a touchdown to cut the deficit to 16-10 with over three minutes left to play. After the Rams' defense stopped the Raiders, the Rams got the ball back on their own two-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game.
Then, Mayfield put up a stunning 98-yard drive that resulted in a game-winning touchdown as the Rams scored a 17-16 win over the Raiders. For Mayfield, it was the best possible start to his Rams tenure. “I’m just looking to be the best version of me possible.
Learning and improving in the system, trying to take away from a great group of guys who’ve had a lot of success. Obviously, the injuries — it’s tough. But just trying to learn from everybody here. Taking in as much as I can and let the pieces fall where they may.
I can’t control the future. I know I have the next four games here. Trying to build on that and be the best version of me and improve," Mayfield said. With Stafford sidelined, Rams coach McVay announced that Mayfield will be their starting quarterback going forward.