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Rams HC Sean McVay said Wednesday that QB Matt Stafford (thumb) won't go on IR. “We’ll continue to monitor it, and he’ll be day to day,” McVay added. From all indications, Stafford's injury is not as serious as initially feared. We're still not projecting him to play vs. the Packers this weekend. But a Week 11 return -- after a Week 10 bye -- seems realistic.

Rams QB Matt Stafford (thumb) did not practice on Wednesday. Although not ruled out yet, he feels like a long shot to play vs. the Packers this weekend. The Rams then have a Week 10 bye. It'll be QB Brett Rypien under center for the Rams if Stafford is out on Sunday.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that QB Matt Stafford is considered "day-to-day" with a UCL sprain in his right thumb. Stafford has some “swelling and some bruising,” which will continue to be evaluated, McVay added. “It’s really about, let’s see what happens over the next 24-48 hours in regards to just all of those things that we’ve previously mentioned. We were encouraged that it was a sprain. I think there was some potential concern that it could be worse. ... That’s what the scans revealed. And then we’ll see how quickly some of that stuff that is key and critical — to being able to grip and throw a football — some of those symptoms subside with Matthew, and how quickly that makes him able to return for us.” It sounds like Stafford avoided a worst-case scenario here, but we'd still consider him unlikely to play vs. the Packers this weekend -- especially considering the Rams then get a Week 10 bye. McVay also said Monday that the Rams will sign QB John Wolford off the Buccaneers' practice squad. Wolford spent the past three seasons with the Rams, making four total starts. We'll see if Wolford or QB Brett Rypien gets the start against Green Bay.

Rams QB Matt Stafford is still undergoing tests on his injured right thumb, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. The current plan is to evaluate his grip strength throughout the week to determine whether he can play against the Packers on Sunday. "Chillier conditions in GB combined with a bye after are some details in consideration for the short term, but Rams also are not ruling out injured reserve at this point as they are still gathering information that helps discern a larger timeline for Stafford," Rodrigue adds. We should learn more about Stafford's status by the end of Monday. For now, we're assuming that he does not play vs. Green Bay this weekend. That'd leave QB Brett Rypien under center for Los Angeles.

Rams QB Matt Stafford hurt his right (throwing) thumb in the first half of Sunday's game vs. the Cowboys. He appeared to bang it on a helmet at least twice. Stafford got the thumb taped and initially returned. But he exited again in the third quarter and has been replaced by QB Brett Rypien. Stay tuned for an update on Stafford.

Update: Stafford is officially questionable to return.

Rams QB Matthew Stafford completed 14 of 29 passes for 231 yards with 1 TD and INT apiece in Week 7’s loss vs. the Steelers. The veteran’s 14 fantasy point effort is certainly a disappointing outcome in what was projected to be a softer matchup against a Pittsburgh secondary that has struggled for much of this season to date. He’ll have a solid opportunity to turn things around next week vs. the Cowboys.

Rams HC Sean McVay confirmed on Friday that WR Cooper Kupp (hamstring) will play vs. the Eagles this weekend. The team has seemingly played it safe with Kupp's return from his recurring hamstring injury, so we'd expect him to be at least close to 100%. It's still possible that he's on some type of snap count on Sunday, but Kupp would be tough to leave out of Week 5 fantasy lineups considering his dominance since 2021. His return is an obvious threat to WR Puka Nacua and WR Tutu Atwell's volume -- although Nacua would also be nearly impossible to bench. See where all those guys sit in the Week 5 WR Rankings.

Rams QB Matthew Stafford (hip) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He suffered a hip contusion in the Week 4 win over the Colts but is clearly on track to play vs. the Eagles this weekend.

Rams QB Matthew Stafford suffered a hip contusion in the Week 4 win over the Colts, HC Sean McVay said Monday. "We'll be smart with him, but he should be good to go [for Week 5]," McVay said. "He's a stud, and obviously we saw him gut through that yesterday. Definitely took a good shot there. But we feel like he should be good to go." We'll keep tabs on Stafford's status throughout the week, but it sounds like he'll be available for Sunday's game vs. the Eagles.

Rams QB Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 40 passes for 319 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in Week 4’s OT victory vs. the Colts. He’s yet to crack the 20-point mark in 2023, though Stafford has played well enough to continue to be on the 2QB/superflex radar. Next week, he’ll take on a struggling Eagles defense.

Rams QB Matthew Stafford completed 18 of 33 passes for 269 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs in Week’s loss vs. the Bengals. He also added a light 7 rushing yards in the contest. Credit where it’s due: Bengals LB Logan Wilson’s 2 picks off Stafford were very impressive. On top of forcing turnovers, the Cincinnati defense sacked Stafford 6 different times throughout primetime action. Some blame here goes to the QB, but the showing from the Bengals’ defenders deserves a shoutout here as well. Hopefully, Stafford can turn things around in Week 4 vs. the Colts.

The Rams will place WR Cooper Kupp (hamstring) on IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That knocks Kupp out for at least the first four games of the season. Hopefully he's ready to go come Week 5 and the hamstring trouble doesn't resurface. Kupp is certainly worth stashing in all fantasy leagues. Van Jefferson figures to operate as Los Angeles' No. 1 WR with Kupp out. We'll see how the WR corps shakes out behind him. TE Tyler Higbee should also see a bunch of targets sans Kupp.

Rams QB Matt Stafford appears to be throwing a full workload in training camp, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue. That wasn't the case the past two summers, as Stafford dealt with injuries. “I feel a lot better physically,” Stafford said. “I feel really healthy compared to where I was at this point last year, so that’s fun for me.” There's bounce-back potential here given better health for Stafford, WR Cooper Kupp, and the Rams' offensive line.

Rams QB Matt Stafford's 2022 season ended in Week 11 with a spinal cord contusion. He was disappointing even before that, ranking 22nd among QBs in fantasy points per game. Stafford's 6.9 yards per pass attempt was his worst mark since 2018 and the fifth-worst mark among his 14 NFL seasons. A leaky offensive line was part of the problem. But Stafford registered his lowest Pro Football Focus passing grade since 2015, ranking 22nd among 31 qualifying QBs. Now 35, Stafford's best days are certainly behind him. But there's some bounce-back potential here with better health for Stafford, WR Cooper Kupp, and the offensive line. Remember that Stafford finished fifth among QBs in fantasy points in his Rams debut in 2021. We're not expecting him to return to that level of production -- but he doesn't need to at his current QB19 ADP. See where Stafford sits in our 2023 QB Rankings.

Cam DaSilva of USA Today writes that QB Matthew Stafford is “fully healthy and taking part in everything” this offseason. That wasn’t the case last year, as the veteran needed an injection in his right elbow after the ’21 season. “Oh, it’s night and day. And he’ll be the first to tell you,” HC Sean McVay said on Stafford’s improved health. At QB20, he's going in a reasonable range in drafts. It’s just hard to see Stafford crushing that spot given the Rams’ lack of weapons behind Cooper Kupp.

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