Matthew Stafford shuts down retirement rumors: I'm not retiring

Stafford was placed on IR after sustaining a neck injury.

by Dzevad Mesic
Matthew Stafford shuts down retirement rumors: I'm not retiring

Matthew Stafford has revealed that he has no plans to retire after the 2022 season. Stafford, 34, sustained a spinal cord injury against the New Orleans Saints in November. The Los Angeles Rams ended up placing Stafford on injured reserved, indicating that Stafford's season was likely over.

On his wife's "The Morning After Podcast," Stafford was asked if there were any plans for him to retire after this season. "No," Stafford said.

Stafford avoided surgery

After Stafford was placed on IR, Rams head coach Sean McVay was asked if Stafford's neck injury would require surgery.

McVay confirmed that Stafford should recover without requiring surgery to fix the issue. "He'll be good. To my knowledge, there's nothing like 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.

After Stafford went down injured, the Rams claimed former first overall pick Baker Mayfield off the waivers. Two days after signing with the Rams, Mayfield debuted for the Rams. On Thursday Night Football two weeks ago, Mayfield led the Rams to a stunning comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

With just over three minutes left to play in the game, the Raiders had a 16-3 lead. The Rams then scored a touchdown to cut the deficit to 16-10. After the Rams defense stopped the Raiders, the Rams got the ball back with just less than two minutes left in the game.

Mayfield then orchestrated a game-winning drive as the Rams beat the Raiders 17-16. Mayfield's debut with the Rams made all the headlines as the former first overall pick could not have asked for a better start to his tenure with the Rams. But when Stafford returns, there is no doubt that he will remain the Rams' starting quarterback.

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