INGLEWOOD, Calif. ( Associated Press) – Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford could miss the rest of the season with a spinal cord injury.
Rams coach Sean McVay revealed the nature of the Super Bowl champion quarterback’s latest injury following Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
“There’s a pretty good chance” Stafford won’t play again this season, McVay said.
Stafford lost his third game of the last four in the Rams’ sixth straight loss on a last-minute touchdown reception by DK Metcalf. Stafford went on the disabled list Saturday after clearing the NFL’s concussion protocol for the second time this season, which meant he could only play in the final two games of the regular season.
Stafford has no practical reason to return to the Rams this year as the team will finish with its first losing record in six years under McVay. The 34-year-old quarterback’s contract runs through 2026.
Stafford has thrown for 2,087 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions, a career high 68% of his passes in nine games this season. He is in his second year with the Rams after spending 12 with the Detroit Lions.
He’s been one of the most durable quarterbacks over the past 11 seasons, missing only eight games — in 2019 — through injury.
Stafford had experienced numbness in his legs two weeks earlier in the loss at New Orleans, two days before he had passed concussion protocol for the first time.
Per NFL rules, the quarterback had to return to concussion protocol, but it appears that Stafford’s injury is related to the spine. The Rams have not confirmed whether Stafford was injured this season.