The Los Angeles Rams will now have to turn to backup John Wolford in order to reach the playoffs.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff underwent surgery on his right thumb on Monday after he broke it in their 20-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon, the team announced. Wolford will start in his place.
Jared Goff underwent surgery on his thumb this morning, John Wolford will start on Sunday.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 29, 2020
The team is also planning to bring in Blake Bortles to back up Wolford.
Goff broke and dislocated his thumb during the loss in Seattle after he smacked it off the helmet of Seahawks defensive end Benson Mayowa. Goff finished the game — he was seen popping his thumb back into place after dislocating it — and went 24-of-43 for 234 yard with an interception.
The Rams need to beat the Cardinals on Sunday to ensure that they reach the postseason. If they lose, the Rams need the Green Bay Packers to beat the Chicago Bears.
Wolford, a former Wake Forest standout, has yet to play in an NFL game. He most recently led the Arizona Hotshots in the AAF last year before that league was shut down. He will be the first quarterback to make his debut with a team in the final week of the season with a playoff berth on the line since 2013.
Should the Rams make the postseason, the hope is that Goff would be ready to go.
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