LA Rams had a chance to clinch a playoff spot on Sunday night, but then lost 20-9 to the Seattle Seahawks, putting them in a tough position for the final game of the season. Not only do the Rams now need to win against Arizona Cardinals to get to the postseason, but they might also have to do it without their starting quarterback Jared Goff.
Goff broke his thumb late in the third quarter of the Seattle game, hitting the helmet of the Seahawks’ Benson Mayowa during a pass. The 26-year-old quarterback managed to finish the game, but his status for Week 18 remains questionable.
Speaking with reporters after the game, Goff said that he is “uncertain” whether he will take the field against the Cardinals. Rams head coach Sean McVay also didn’t want to get into specifics.
“I’m not sure right now. I don’t want to speculate on that,” said McVay.
Goff will reportedly need surgery to fix the issue but is determined to postpone it until the offseason and wants to play through the injury.
If Jared Goff can’t make it to the field, the Rams will be forced to turn to backup John Wolford. Walford, who was undrafted in 2018, hasn’t played a single snap in a regular-season NFL game throughout his career.
Rams are second in the NFC West with a 9-6 record. In case they don’t beat the Cardinals on Sunday, they can still make the playoffs but will also need the Green Bay Packers to beat the Chicago Bears.