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Matthew Stafford (concussion) must be cleared for Rams-Saints

After a one-game absence, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is on monitor to return.

Stafford stays in concussion protocol however is predicted to be cleared to play towards the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in New Orleans, coach Sean McVay mentioned Wednesday.

Stafford has been within the protocol since Nov. 8, two days after he was sacked 4 instances within the Rams’ defeat by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla.

John Wolford began rather than Stafford in final Sunday’s defeat by the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium, which prolonged the Rams’ shedding streak to 3 video games and dropped their document to 3-6.

Stafford, 34, was a full participant in observe Wednesday. McVay mentioned he anticipated the 14th-year professional can be cleared by Friday, and that Stafford was desirous to play in a recreation that will probably be performed on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Stafford, who has handed for eight touchdowns, with eight interceptions, was not made out there to reporters as a result of he has not been cleared. But Rams gamers mentioned they have been wanting ahead to taking part in with him towards the Saints (3-7).

“We know how great of a competitor Matthew Stafford is, and how much he wants to play and be out there with us,” receiver Van Jefferson mentioned. “So just to get him back is great.”

Stafford practiced with out star receiver Cooper Kupp on the sphere.

Kupp, the reigning NFL offensive participant of the 12 months, had surgical procedure Wednesday for an ankle damage suffered towards the Cardinals. The Rams on Wednesday positioned Kupp on injured reserve. He will probably be sidelined for a minimum of 4 video games.

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Kupp ranks second within the NFL with 75 catches for 812 yards and 6 touchdowns. He additionally rushed for a landing. His absence places the onus on receivers Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Brandon Powell, Tutu Atwell and Lance McCutcheon.

Rams receiver Ben Skowronek (18) bobbles a cross underneath strain from three Cardinals defenders.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Kupp has been focused 98 instances, solely 12 fewer than the mixed targets for these six receivers. Skowronek mentioned they might be ready to step up.

“We’ve got to do more,” mentioned Skowronek, who has 26 catches for 245 yards, and has rushed for a landing.

Robinson, a ninth-year professional in his first season with Rams, began gradual however his manufacturing has elevated in the previous couple of video games. He has 29 catches for 292 yards and two touchdowns.

Robinson mentioned Rams receivers should reply.

“This isn’t an easy situation or a part of the season to be in,” Robinson mentioned. “But at the same time, we’ve got to make sure we’re hyper-focused and everybody is locked in so we can try to swing this thing and see how it shakes out.”

Atwell, a second-round draft choose in 2021, has been inactive the final two video games. He has just one catch.

McCutcheon, a rookie, performed on offense for the primary time towards the Cardinals. He was not focused however mentioned the expertise enabled him to get acclimated and that he can be ready for when passes come his approach.

“Whatever role is presented to me, I’m going to make the most of that and learn from that,” he mentioned.

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Along with a reconfigured receiver corps, if Stafford returns Sunday he will probably be working behind an offensive line that will probably be in its tenth iteration of the season.

Left guard David Edwards, who was sidelined for 4 video games due to a concussion, was a full participant Wednesday. Center Brian Allen didn’t observe due to a thumb damage.

Coleman Shelton, who returned final week from an ankle damage and began at left guard, might play middle if Allen is sidelined towards the Saints.

Etc.

Wolford (neck), defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson (sickness) and linebacker Travin Howard (hip) didn’t observe, and defensive lineman Greg Gaines (elbow) was restricted, in keeping with the Rams damage report. … Saints coach Dennis Allen introduced Andy Dalton would begin at quarterback on Sunday. … The Rams practiced in excessive winds, which has been a bane to McVay since he was employed in 2017. McVay mentioned an indoor facility can be a part of the Rams’ future headquarters in Woodland Hills.

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