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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 anticipated 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 occasions within the Rams’ defeat by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla.

John Wolford began instead of Stafford in final Sunday’s defeat by the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium, which prolonged the Rams’ dropping 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 could be cleared by Friday, and that Stafford was wanting to play in a sport that might 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. However 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 yr, had surgical procedure Wednesday for an ankle harm suffered towards the Cardinals. The Rams on Wednesday positioned Kupp on injured reserve. He might be sidelined for at the least 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 move below strain from three Cardinals defenders.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Instances)

Kupp has been focused 98 occasions, solely 12 fewer than the mixed targets for these six receivers. Skowronek mentioned they’d 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 sluggish however his manufacturing has elevated in the previous few 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 decide 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 could be ready for when passes come his manner.

“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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Together with a reconfigured receiver corps, if Stafford returns Sunday he might be working behind an offensive line that might 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. Heart Brian Allen didn’t observe due to a thumb harm.

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

And so forth.

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 accordance with the Rams harm 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 could be a part of the Rams’ future headquarters in Woodland Hills.

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