For the Los Angeles Rams, the playoffs have already begun. And they’re approaching the most important game of the season without their starting quarterback.
Instead of Jared Goff, Rams coach Sean McVay will have to go with John Wolford on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Goff suffered a broken thumb this past weekend and has already undergone surgery.
McVay said he suspects that Goff will be ready, should the Rams get into the playoffs. But it will be up to Wolford to lead them there. Wolford has yet to play a game in the NFL, but he is at least familiar with LA. He has spent two seasons with the Rams — last year on the practice squad, this year on the active roster.
Reports state that the Rams will also sign veteran QB Blake Bortles off the Denver Broncos’ practice squad to serve as Wolford’s emergency backup.
The Rams (9-6) have a simple path to the postseason, despite having lost two in a row. If they beat the Cardinals, they qualify. If they lose, they can still get in if the Chicago Bears lose to the Green Bay Packers.
So it will all be up to Wolford to hold down the fort and move the Rams forward so that Goff can return for an even bigger game than the one this week.