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What happened to Matthew Stafford? Rams QB exits game vs. Saints

Carolina Panthers v Los Angeles Rams
Carolina Panthers v Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams currently trail the New Orleans Saints by 10 points and they'll be tasked with making the comeback without Matthew Stafford. The quarterback exited in the third quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion.

He was in concussion protocol earlier during the week but was cleared to suit up and play for a Rams team now missing top wide receiver Cooper Kupp. After a sack, he was taken to the tent and is under evaluation.

Matthew Stafford is being evaluated for a concussion after the week in which he cleared through concussion protocol. twitter.com/adamschefter/s…

He is considered questionable to return at this point, bu a return from a concussion this late in the game would be very unlikely. In the meantime, Bryce Perkins will come in and try to lead the comeback and keep the Rams in the playoff race.


Matthew Stafford injury: How long is Rams QB out for?

Concussions can be tricky to deal with, but given that he was just in the protocol all last week, it's reasonable to expect that he'll miss the rest of this game.

Matthew Stafford - Los Angeles Rams v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matthew Stafford - Los Angeles Rams v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There's no timetable because no two concussions are the same and no recovery is the same for every player. It can be difficult to get out of the protocol as Stafford well knows, so it's tough to say right now how long he will be out, but a return today is unlikely and a return next week is up in the air, too.

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Who is the Rams' backup QB, Bryce Perkins?

In Matthew Stafford's stead, Bryce Perkins will take the remaining snaps at quarterback. He is making his first NFL appearance after playing at Arizona State and the University of Virginia in college.

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Perkins played in the preseason but this is his first meaningful game in the NFL. He is tasked with leading a 10-point comeback late in the fourth quarter with the Rams trailing.

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