Los Angeles (AP) — Quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on injured reserve by the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, a day after he cleared the NFL’s concussion record for the second time this season.
Stafford had already been ruled out of the Rams’ home game against Seattle on Sunday because of a neck injury. The Super Bowl winner will now be sidelined for at least four games and his season could be over.
Stafford has missed two of the last three games for the Rams (3-8), whose defending season fell apart with a five-game losing streak. Though the Rams have not confirmed that Stafford had a concussion this season, he did make two trips through the league’s concussion log.
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Stafford felt numb in his legs during the Rams’ loss in New Orleans two weeks ago, playing just two days after first erasing concussion logs.
After Stafford deleted the log again on Friday, coach Sean McVay acknowledged the struggling Rams were unlikely to push back their 34-year-old star quarterback, who has a contract until 2026.
“You knew he wouldn’t be available this week because of the neck,” McVay said. “Now that we’ve done one of those steps, the next thing we’re going to do is put our heads together and then see how that looks, how the neck affects his availability, and what we’re going to do for the rest of the season.”
Stafford has passed for 2,087 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing a career-high 68% of his passes in nine games this season, his second with the Rams after 12 years with the Detroit Lions. Stafford has been one of the NFL’s longest-lived quarterbacks over the past 11 seasons, missing just eight games — all in the 2019 season — through injuries.
Stafford, Kupp and Donald join receiver Allen Robinson, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and a number of offensive linemen out with significant injuries for the Rams, who are having their worst start since 2011 after being in the have guessed the longest slide.
The Rams also activated rookie linebacker Daniel Hardy from injured reserve. The seventh-round pick is yet to make his NFL debut after sustaining a serious sprained ankle last season.
Hardy could play immediately as an edge rusher for the Rams, who are without linebacker Terrell Lewis because of a back injury. Los Angeles already cut veteran edge rusher Justin Hollins earlier this month, further weakening his pass rush.
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