Rams QB Matthew Stafford out vs. Chiefs for neck issue, Sean McVay says


Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Rams coach Sean McVay said Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Stafford, the Rams’ starter, left Sunday’s loss to the Saints after being sacked in the third quarter and was evaluated for a concussion.
  • On Wednesday, McVay said he can’t say if Stafford suffered a concussion, instead calling it a neck issue as the team evaluates.
  • Rams backup quarterback John Wolford was sidelined against New Orleans while dealing with a stiff neck.
  • With Stafford and Wolford injured, the Rams are expected to give third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins, an undrafted free agent who has never started an NFL game, first-team reps in practice this week.


Stafford was evaluated for a concussion Sunday, just a few days after being cleared from the same protocol that held him out of Week 10’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Stafford underwent further testing Monday in Los Angeles and is in concussion protocol.

McVay said Wednesday that the Rams will “take a week at a time” regarding Stafford’s injury and McVay does not rule out shutting Stafford down for the rest of the year.

On Monday, McVay said Wolford was still dealing with his neck issue but “trending in the right direction.” Although Wolford missed Sunday’s game, he was able to join practice last Thursday (limited participant) and Friday (full).

The Rams signed Perkins as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2020 and later waived him ahead of final roster cuts for the 2020 season. He signed a reserve/futures contract with the team in January 2021 and had only one pass this season before he entered Sunday’s game for an injured Stafford. Perkins went 5-of-10 with 64 throwing yards in the loss to the Saints.

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