Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff injured in thumb, will not play in 17th week

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff expressed uncertainty over whether he could play in the team’s regular-season final after suffering a thumb injury in Sunday’s 20-9 defeat at the Seattle Seahawks.

Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schaefter that the Rams fear Goff’s thumb is broken and will conduct further tests in LA on Monday.

“I’m unsure.” When Goff was asked if he would be able to play against the Arizona Cardinals at home next Sunday. “We’ll see.”

Rams coach Sean McVeigh added: “I’m not sure right now. I don’t have to guess.”

With Sunday’s heavy defeat, the Rams (-6–6) have lost in two straight games for the first time this season, but could secure a playoff spot with a win over the Cardinals (-7) or the Green Bay Packers in Chicago. Bears at week 17 (8-7).

John Wolford, an uncertified free agent from Wake Forest in 2018, is a Rums Backup quarterback. Wolford has never appeared in a regular-season NFL game.

Goff injured his toe in the final seconds of the third quarter as he completed a 9-yard pass to Gerald Everett until the tight end. As he began to throw this, Goff’s right hand hit the Seahawks’ defensive end Benson Mayova’s helmet.

Goff said, “Put it back in place, and just finished the game.”

During a postgame video conference with reporters, Goff denied the impact of the injury and said his thumb was “not terrible.”

He also said the thumb doesn’t bother him throwing, as Goff completed 6 of 14 passes for 74 yards after suffering an injury.

“He was tough and courageous and he just kept trying to fight for his teammates,” said McVeigh, who also expressed frustration about being called up for his game in the defeat.

Goff was intercepted during a loss of 24 passes in 43 of 234 yards.

In the second quarter, Goff threw a pass intended for wide receiver Robert Woods, although Woods was nowhere around and Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs picked him up. The Seahawks turned the take-way into a 49-yard field goal to tie the game 6-6.

“I did one of the first plays of my career that started with Diggs in the first part,” Goff said. “I was trying to be beautiful with something and it didn’t go my way and they made a great play.”

It was Goff’s 23rd game with a turnover since the start of the 2019 season, the highest in the NFL.

The Rams have failed an offensive touchdown for only the fifth time since McWay took over as coach in 2017, including the Super Bowl LIII.