Jared Goff did not play in Week 17 due to a right thumb injury. The Rams won behind John Wolford, and now the clock is set to see if Goff can play in the wild card round.
The Rams will play divisional rival Seattle in the first round of the postseason, and Goff has a chance to return. Goff injured his pitching thumb against the Seahawks in Week 16, but ended the game out. Only afterwards was his injury fully diagnosed, and that meant he would sit down for Wolford against the Cardinals in Week 17.
Some have speculated that Sean McVay’s offense is not dependent on the quarterback, but Goff has had a strong 2020 season. He has completed 67 percent of his passes, the best of his career, for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. . Goff has also had four additional touchdowns through Week 16.
Here’s what you need to know about Goff’s injury and when he could return for the Rams.
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How long will Jared Goff be out?
All that was known for sure prior to Week 17 is that Goff will not be available by the end of the regular season. Sean McVay announced Monday at the start of Week 17 that Goff would not play the Cardinals.
Goff played through the injury in Week 16. The difference now is that he underwent surgery, which could affect recovery time.
After the Rams win against Arizona, Goff has one more week to recover before Los Angeles plays Saturday or Sunday in the NFC wild-card round. McVay spoke about Goff’s injury after the Rams win on Sunday.
” I’m not sure,” McVay said on Goff’s availability in the playoffs, adding that “we’ll talk about (the possibility of Wofford starting).”
What is Jared Goff’s injury?
NFL Network reported that Goff’s right thumb broke after he appeared to dislocate against the Seahawks.
Goff’s injury came on a passing play. After Goff threw the soccer ball, his follow-up collided with the helmet of a Seattle player. That hit Goff’s thumb at an unnatural angle.
Goff could be seen putting his thumb back in place after the injury.
A quarterback’s right thumb is obviously very important to the act of throwing a soccer ball, and it’s unclear whether Goff will need some kind of small cast to help heal the finger or to play with the injury.
Timeline of Jared Goff’s injury
January 3 – John Wolford starts as QB for the Rams against the Cardinals on the final day of the regular season.
December 28th – Rams coach Sean McVay announces that Goff will not play in Week 17 against the Cardinals.
December 27 – Goff appears to dislocate his thumb against the Seahawks after throwing a pass and hitting the helmet of a Seattle player with his hand. Goff ends the game.
Jared Goff injury updates
January 3 – McVay says after the Rams beat the Cardinals that he “isn’t sure” if Goff will be able to play in the first round of the playoffs.
December 28th – Sean McVay tells the media that Goff will not play in Week 17 against the Cardinals.
December 27 – After Goff appeared to dislocate his thumb against Seattle, NFL Network’s Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport reported that Goff’s thumb was broken.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.