Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff spoke publicly for the first time since undergoing a thumb surgery on December 28 and claimed his recovery from the surgery was going well. Goff, who was taken at No. 1 in the 2016 NFL draft, was forced to sit out Week 17, in which Rams backup quarterback John Wolford stepped up and delivered a good performance to help Los Angeles beat the Cardinals and clinch a playoff spot.
This weekend, the Rams have a tough matchup on their schedule as they will be hosted by the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round. "It feels good," Goff said, as quoted on ESPN. "It's progressing well, it's in a good place."
Goff is making a good progress but still he is questionable to play against the Seahawks and backup quarterback Wolford could get his second career start. "We are going to work through that," Rams head coach Sean McVay said, "and we'll see on Saturday."
Goff will be ready to play
"I'm in the mindset that if I have to play at any point, then I'm ready to play and just continuing to progress well," Goff said. Goff has had some good reps in practice this week but that doesn't necessarily mean that he will be ready to go against the Seahawks.
"He's doing everything that our practice allows," McVay said. "There's nothing quite like simulating a game with all the things that entails, but in terms of the ballhandling, throwing the ball, some of the things that you would maybe have concerns about, he's done everything in his power to continue to get himself ready to go."
Rams backup quarterback Wolford went 22-of-38 for 231 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception in a key win over the Cardinals. "I'm preparing and I'll be ready to play if asked to," Wolford acknowledged.
Earlier this week, McVay said he wouldn't name the starter until kickoff. "I'm not gonna make an announcement on who is starting and who is not," McVay said, when asked about the starting quarterback, per ESPN.
"I'm not going to answer that question this week." McVay initially hoped that Goff would be ready to play in the wild-card round. "What I probably should have said is there's a possibility that he could be ready to go as early as if we were able to make the playoffs," McVay said. "Didn't know the totality of what the rehab entailed."