Monday, 28 Dec 2020. 09:18
LOS ANGELES – Jared Goff will miss the Los Angeles Rams’ last game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals after undergoing right thumb surgery.
Goff could return the following week if the Rams make the playoffs, head coach Sean McVay revealed Monday night.
John Wolford will make his NFL debut on Sunday replacing Goff, when the Rams (9-6) host the Cardinals. Los Angeles can advance to the playoffs by winning or if the Chicago Bears lose to the Green Bay Packers.
The Rams will also be without running back Darrell Henderson, who ends up on the injured list with a sprained ankle. Rookie running back Cam Akers could return to the game after missing a game.
Rookie Bryce Perkins will be in uniform as a backup quarterback on Sunday and the Rams are considering signing veteran Blake Bortles to a contract. Bortles served as a second to Goff last season, before taking over as manager of the Denver Broncos.
Goff hasn’t missed a game due to injury during his five-year NFL career. He had passed his turn during the last week of activities in 2017, when McVay wanted to rest his starters.
Goff injured his thumb when he struck Seattle Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa’s helmet last Sunday in a 20-9 loss.
Goff completed the game despite the injury, but underwent surgery to insert screws into his thumb on Monday.
Wolford has spent the last two seasons with the Rams after enjoying a successful campaign in the Alliance of American Football. He was the third quarter behind Goff and Bortles last year before climbing a step up in 2020.
Goff is 10th in the NFL with 3,952 yards from the air. He’s thrown 20 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions this season.