John Wolford

Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback #10
Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback #10

John Wolford News

Healthy but may not start

Wolford (neck) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Kansas City, but coach Sean McVay suggested Friday that Bryce Perkins may get the start, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Perkins took the first-team practice reps this week, with McVay telling reports Friday that they'd find out Sunday which quarterback is starting with Matthew Stafford (neck) ruled out. For fantasy purposes, we'll hope the information leaks out well before the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday. Perkins was sacked three times and completed only five of 10 passes for 64 yards filling in for an injured Stafford last week against the Saints, but the 25-year-old did add five rush attempts for 39 yards, making him a bit more interesting than Wolford in most leagues.

Nov 25, 2022 1:48 PM EST


Listed as full on practice estimate

Wolford (neck) was listed as a full participant on Thursday's estimate practice report, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Rams held a jog-through Thursday, so Wolford may have been able to handle every rep in what likely was a scaled-back session. With coach Sean McVay already ruling out Matthew Stafford (concussion/neck) for Sunday's contest at Kansas City, Bryce Perkins is slated to handle the majority of the first-team reps Wednesday through Friday. It stands to wonder if Wolford can enter the mix as a starting option for Week 12, but Perkins seems like the better bet to be L.A.'s No. 1 signal-caller this weekend.

Nov 24, 2022 11:25 AM EST



Limited in practice Wednesday

Wolford (neck) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Wolford is a step ahead of where he was last week, when he went (in order) DNP, limited and full on Rams injury reports. He eventually was deemed inactive for a Week 11 visit to New Orleans, a contest in which Matthew Stafford left early. On Wednesday, coach Sean McVay announced that Stafford was back in the concussion protocol and dealing with a neck injury, which will sideline him Sunday at Kansas City. Because Bryce Perkins is expected to handle most of the first-team reps this week, he's the likely candidate to be the Rams' starting quarterback Sunday, but Wolford could change those plans if he resumes all drills at practice Thursday and/or Friday.

Nov 23, 2022 4:35 PM EST


Progressing, per McVay

Coach Sean McVay said Monday that Wolford is "trending in the right direction" with the neck injury that sidelined him Sunday at New Orleans, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: When Matthew Stafford didn't play Week 10 against the Cardinals due to a concussion, Wolford started at quarterback for the Rams and completed 24 of 36 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception. While Stafford was able to clear the protocol for head injuries for Week 11 action versus the Saints, Wolford sat out due to a stiff neck that still allowed him to practice Thursday (limited) and Friday (full). Wolford's ability to increase his activity level in each session last week likely inspired McVay's comment Monday, and he could get a chance to start again Sunday in Kansas City with a decision still pending on whether Stafford will enter the concussion protocol. If, for some reason, both Stafford and Wolford are inactive this weekend, Bryce Perkins is the next QB up for L.A.

Nov 21, 2022 4:51 PM EST


Not suiting up Sunday

Wolford (neck) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Even though Wolford finished Week 11 prep as a full practice participant, he took a questionable tag into Sunday and will ultimately take a seat for the first time all season. Bryce Perkins will dress as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Matthew Stafford, who returns to the lineup after sitting out the Rams' Week 10 loss to the Cardinals while he was in the NFL's concussion protocol. Wolford started last week in Stafford's absence, completing 24 of 36 pass attempts for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception while carrying three times for three yards and losing a fumble.

Nov 20, 2022 8:58 AM EST



Questionable for Sunday

Wolford (neck) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against Dallas, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Wolford didn't practice Wednesday due to a neck injury, returned as a limited participant Thursday and logged a full session Friday, but he's ultimately been deemed questionable. Matthew Stafford (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation after missing Week 10, so if Wolford is sidelined, Bryce Perkins would likely operate as the primary backup behind Stafford during Week 11.

Nov 18, 2022 1:31 PM EST


Back in limited fashion

Wolford (neck) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: The Rams held Wolford out of Wednesday's session due to what coach Sean McVay called a stiff neck. With some activity one day later, Wolford seemingly is on a path to be available Sunday in New Orleans. Whether or not he'll get another start remains to be seen, as Matthew Stafford practice fully for a second day in a row Thursday but remains in the concussion protocol. For what it's worth, McVay expects Stafford to gain clearance to play this weekend, but the situation should be monitored until that comes to pass.

Nov 17, 2022 4:47 PM EST


Dealing with stiff neck

Coach Sean McVay said Wolford was unable to practice Wednesday due to a stiff neck, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The aforementioned stiffness is the result of the hits Wolford took during this past Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, when he filled in for Matthew Stafford (concussion) under center. Wolford completed 24 of 36 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception while losing one of his two fumbles. He also was sacked three times among 12 quarterback hits. There's an expectation that Stafford clears the protocol for head injuries ahead of a Week 11 road matchup with the Saints, so if Wolford himself is active, he likely will return to a backup role.

Nov 16, 2022 3:02 PM EST


Tepid numbers in Week 10 start

Wolford completed 24 of 36 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: With Matthew Stafford (concussion) inactive, Wolford made his first start of the season and struggled to both move the ball and protect it, losing one of his two fumbles in addition to tossing a pick in the fourth quarter as the Rams tried to mount a comeback. Stafford appeared to be making progress in his recovery Friday but ran out of time to clear the league's concussion protocols, making it likely Wolford will return to the bench for a Week 11 clash with the Saints.

Nov 13, 2022 8:46 PM EST


Starting for Stafford in Week 10

Wolford will start in place of Matthew Stafford (concussion) on Sunday versus the Cardinals, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford handled the first-teams reps during Week 10 prep as Stafford attempted to clear the concussion protocol following Tuesday's diagnosis. With Stafford sidelined Sunday, Wolford will earn his third career start, including playoffs. In five overall appearances as a pro, Wolford has completed 26 of 48 passes (54.2 percent) for 265 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions and recorded nine carries for 57 yards.

Nov 13, 2022 12:03 PM EST


Positioned for Week 10 start

Wolford appears on track to start Sunday's contest against the Cardinals with Matthew Stafford listed as questionable but not expected to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol prior to the game's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After entering the protocol Tuesday, Stafford still has an outside shot at getting cleared early Sunday, but "barring drastic change," Fowler relays that Wolford will be stepping in for his second career regular-season start. That start also came against the Cardinals in the Week 17 of the 2020 season, with Wolford completing 22 of 38 attempts for 231 yards and an interception while adding six carries for 56 yards. Arizona could also be turning to a backup signal-caller in Colt McCoy this weekend with Kyler Murray (hamstring) trending toward sitting out, so both teams could end up adopting more conservative, run-heavy approaches that limit the scoring opportunities for both sides.

Nov 13, 2022 6:18 AM EST


Absent from injury report

Wolford (neck) is not listed on the Rams' injury report after Wednesday's practice, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Wolford was sidelined for the Rams' game against the Panthers prior to their bye week. His full participation at practice indicates he is good to go heading into their Week 8 matchup with the 49ers. Barring any setbacks, he will presumably back up Matthew Stafford under center.

Oct 26, 2022 6:04 PM EST


Inactive Sunday

Wolford (neck) is out Sunday against the Panthers, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Wolford popped up on the injury report Friday due to the injury. With him unable to play, Bryce Perkins will operate as the No. 2 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford.

Oct 16, 2022 11:59 AM EST


Logs limited session Friday

Wolford is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Panthers due to a neck injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford landed on the injury report Friday as a limited participant due to a neck injury, putting his status for Week 6 in jeopardy. If Wolford is unable to suit up, expect Bryce Perkins to operate as the primary signal caller behind Matthew Stafford.

Oct 14, 2022 3:49 PM EST


Should be good to go

Wolford (thumb) was a full participant in Monday's practice session, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Wolford was unavailable for the Rams' preseason finale against the Bengals due to a thumb injury, but he appears to have moved past the issue ahead of Thursday's Week 1 tilt against Buffalo. The 26-year-old will serve as the top backup behind Matthew Stafford to begin the regular season.

Sep 5, 2022 5:54 PM EST


Won't play in preseason finale

Wolford (thumb) won't play in Saturday's preseason game at Cincinnati, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Wolford's absence leaves Bryce Perkins as the Rams' only option under center against the Bengals. One could argue that a backup's best ability is availability, which makes Perkins' case for the role of second-string quarterback even stronger after he played more efficiently than Wolford in Los Angeles' preseason Week 2 matchup versus Houston.

Aug 27, 2022 3:42 PM EST


Misses practice

Wolford (hand) missed practice on Thursday after having a fingernail on his throwing hand ripped off yesterday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wolford's status for Saturday's preseason finale against the Bengals will come down to pain tolerance, as the loss of a fingernail on a quarterback's throwing hand makes it difficult to grip the football without pain. This injury may give Bryce Perkins one final chance to stake his claim to be the primary backup to Matthew Stafford if Wolford is unable to play.

Aug 25, 2022 1:45 PM EST


Middling preseason debut

Wolford completed 14 of 22 passes for 142 yards in Friday's 24-20 loss to the Texans. He also rushed four times for seven yards.

Analysis: Wolford's position as the primary backup to Matthew Stafford became tenuous last week, after Bryce Perkins had a breakout performance against the Chargers. Neither Wolford nor Perkins did much to move the needle against the Texans, as Wolford's attempts to put together a consistent drive were stopped by a whopping five sacks over his two quarters of in-game action. Wolford will have one last chance to showcase his talents next Saturday during the Rams' final preseason game against the Bengals.

Aug 20, 2022 7:56 AM EST


In line to start preseason game

Head coach Sean McVay said Wolford will play the first half of Friday's preseason contest against Houston, while Bryce Perkins will play the second half, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Barring any setbacks, Friday will account for Wolford's first preseason action of 2022, after Perkins was the only quarterback to play in last Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers. The 26-year-old has also taken some of the first-team reps throughout training camp, as Matthew Stafford has been working through elbow discomfort. Wolford re-signed with the Rams in April and is slated to be the primary backup heading into the 2022 season.

Aug 17, 2022 1:54 PM EST


Taking first team reps

Wolford has been working with the first-team offense while Matthew Stafford (elbow) manages his workload, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean McVay has been trying to manage Stafford's workload with this nagging elbow issue, and Wolford has taken the opportunity to get in sync with new receiver Allen Robinson, connecting with him on multiple touchdowns during Wednesday's practice, and also tossing a 50-yard score to Tutu Atwell. Stafford is known to play through injury and rarely leaves the field, but Wolford's extended work with the first-team group has, in limited action, seemed encouraging so far if Stafford's elbow isn't ready to go by Week 1.

Aug 4, 2022 6:06 PM EST


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