As of early Monday morning, the Los Angeles Rams are evaluating a range of potential scenarios with quarterback Matthew Stafford and his thumb injury, according to a league source.
Stafford, who injured his thumb in Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, left the game in the third quarter and returned to the sideline with substantial tape around his right wrist and thumb, but did not return to the game.
The Rams have not ruled out placement on injured reserve for the quarterback as they gather information to discern a larger overall timeline. They play the Packers in Green Bay this week, so some details such as chillier weather and a bye week afterward are in consideration regarding Stafford’s shorter-term status. Stafford will continue testing and be evaluated on variables such as how well he can grip a football.
Currently, the Rams have just one other quarterback on their active roster: Brett Rypien, who finished Sunday’s game in Dallas. The team may look to add additional emergency options at the position, especially if Stafford misses significant time. Stetson Bennett, who they drafted this spring in the fourth round, remains on the non-football/illness list.
Rams coach Sean McVay said postgame Sunday that Stafford had injured his thumb while catching a two-point conversion on a trick play.
McVay indicated Stafford had received an initial evaluation from team medical personnel but declined to share what they said and indicated at that time that Stafford would undergo further testing.
“I don’t want to speculate until I have full clarification from the doctors,” he said.
McVay acknowledged Stafford had banged his thumb while finishing a throw earlier in the game, but reiterated, “It looked like he did (hit it) when he was finishing a throw, that wasn’t the injury that limited him. … Unfortunately, it looked like that injury occurred, that kept him out for the rest of the game, it did occur when he ended up catching the two-point attempt.”
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