Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is officially considered day-to-day. Sean McVay revealed Stafford’s status while speaking with reporters today, with the coach also divulging that the veteran suffered a UCL sprain during yesterday’s loss (via ESPN’s Sarah Barshop).
Stafford left yesterday’s eventual loss to the Cowboys in the third quarter after injuring his thumb. The quarterback was later seen on the sideline with tape around his right wrist and thumb. Stafford didn’t end up returning to the game.
While this appears to be a best-case scenario for the quarterback, his short-term status is still in question. Earlier today, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic wrote that the Rams were considering placing Stafford on injured reserve, a move that would sideline the quarterback for at least four games. It’s uncertain if the UCL-sprain diagnosis has changed that thinking.
The team could decide to rest Stafford for next week’s game against the Packers, a decision that the starter would surely fight, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Coupled with the Rams’ Week 10 bye, Stafford would then have two weeks to recover from his injury. Rodrigue notes that the bye week will certainly play into the organization’s impending decision, and the reporter also notes that chilly conditions in Green Bay could also force the Rams to be cautious in Week 9.
Regardless of whether Stafford plays against the Packers, the Rams will surely look to add another quarterback to their roster this week. Brett Rypien, who finished yesterday’s game, is the only other QB on the squad besides Stafford, with rookie fourth-round pick Stetson Bennett still on the non-football/illness list.