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Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback #9
Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback #9
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Moves to 2-0 in Los Angeles

Stafford completed 19 of 30 passes for 278 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Rams' 27-24 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also rushed twice for one yard.

Analysis: While the numbers may not have been as pretty as during a Week 1 shellacking of the Bears, Stafford still looked in complete command of his new team's offense and was particularly impressive considering the caliber of opponent and tough road environment. Stafford focused heavily on his pair of starting wideouts when dropping back, with 14 of his 19 completions going to Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods and the former bringing in both of his scoring tosses. The veteran gunslinger could hardly have asked for a better start to his Rams career, but he'll face his stiffest test yet in a Week 3 home battle against the Buccaneers.

Sep 19, 2021 1:20 PM EST

No preseason action

Head coach Sean McVay recently indicated on Fox Sports Radio that Stafford will not play in the preseason. "There is zero chance you will ever see Matthew Stafford take a snap in the preseason for the Rams as long as I'm the coach. That will never happen."

Analysis: McVay won't be taking any risks with his starting quarterback before the regular season. With No. 2 QB John Wolford week-to-week after recently undergoing an appendectomy, it seems as if second-year signal caller Bryce Perkins - who used his 4.55 speed to rush for over 750 yards with at least nine rushing scores in each of his final two years at Virginia - could handle a large amount of snaps when the Rams open the exhibition slate Aug. 14 against the Chargers. The team's only other quarterback under contract is third-year Samford product Devlin Hodges, who seems less likely to make the Rams' final roster than Perkins.

Aug 8, 2021 7:25 AM EST

Practices without limitations

Stafford (thumb) handled a full workload at Tuesday's practice, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: A thumb contusion couldn't stop Stafford from suiting up for the first day of padded practice with his new team. He should be fine to make an appearance this preseason, though Rams coach Sean McVay typically has been cautious with his starters in August.

Aug 4, 2021 9:03 AM EST

Gets in some reps Tuesday

Stafford (thumb) took part in a number of drills at Tuesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford kicked off the session with some light throws, proceeded to take snaps in the shotgun, moved on to handoffs with running backs and then connected with both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp deep down the field. If Stafford hadn't emerged from Monday's practice with a swollen right thumb due to hitting his hand on a teammate's helmet, it appeared he was going through his usual routine. His thumb was taped up, though, so his activities remain something to watch until he's over the current health concern.

Aug 3, 2021 3:58 PM EST

Dealing with swollen thumb

Stafford has been diagnosed with a swollen right thumb after hitting his hand on a teammate's helmet at Monday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After the play, Stafford had his thumb taped up, and eventual X-rays on the region were returned negative. As a precaution, the Rams are expected to hold the quarterback out for a few days due to what's considered a minor injury. In Stafford's stead, John Wolford likely will get most of the run with the first-team offense, with Bryce Perkins and Devlin Hodges picking up any scraps.

Aug 3, 2021 10:35 AM EST

Wacks thumb on helmet

Stafford hit his right thumb on a teammates helmet during Monday's practice and was shut down from throwing for the rest of the day, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford got his thumb taped up shortly after the incident, and according to Rodrigue, he appeared to have a good grip on his helmet and a towel. Coach Sean McVay said after practice that he didn't have further details on the injury, but he believes his starting quarterback will be okay. Stafford's status will be worth monitoring moving forward.

Aug 2, 2021 5:24 PM EST

Feeling back to full health

Stafford (thumb) said Monday he's "not limited at all" after having undergone a procedure back in March, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford played through a torn UCL in his right thumb in 2020, and while he required a minor March surgery to address the issue, it looks like he won't be limited at all during his first offseason with coach Sean McVay and the Rams. That will allow the 33-year-old veteran plenty of time to build chemistry with new receivers Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson and Van Jefferson, not to mention tight end Tyler Higbee and second-year running back Cam Akers. Last season Stafford also dealt with injuries including ankle, knee and elbow issues, plus torn rib cartilage, but he appears to have returned to full health without any setbacks.

May 24, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Recovering from thumb surgery

Stafford underwent surgery on his right thumb in March, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford emerged from last season with an array of injuries, including a partially torn UCL in that thumb, a torn UCL in his left elbow, torn rib cartilage, a sprained ankle and a left knee issue. Following his trade from the Lions to the Rams, he appears to have addressed the first concern, which was described as "elective" and "minor." With his new squad, Stafford will have reliable pass catchers at his disposal, namely Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp (knee), fellow newcomer DeSean Jackson and tight end Tyler Higbee. Through 12 NFL campaigns, the 33-year-old signal-caller has surpassed 4,000 yards eight times but only thrown for 30-plus TD on two occasions.

Apr 1, 2021 4:00 PM EST

Recovering from long list of injuries

Stafford's injuries in 2020 included a partially torn UCL in his right thumb, a torn UCL in his left elbow, torn rib cartilage, an ankle sprain and a left knee injury, Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Stafford was removed after one series in the Week 16 loss to Tampa Bay, but he otherwise played at least 80 percent of offensive snaps in each of Detroit's games in 2020, continuing to gut it out long after the team was eliminated from the playoffs. The Lions have since agreed to trade Stafford to Los Angeles, where he'll team up with coach Sean McVay to lead an offense that has Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee and Cam Akers as its top returning playmakers. It isn't necessarily a better group of pass catchers than what Stafford is accustomed to work with, but the coaching and overall quality of the roster will be an upgrade compared to Detroit. Despite the long list of injuries, there hasn't been any report of Stafford needing offseason surgery.

Feb 11, 2021 8:33 AM EST

Traded to Rams

Stafford was traded to the Rams for Jared Goff, two first-round draft picks and a third-round pick Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: In a blockbuster trade, the Rams sent the first overall pick from 2016 to Detroit in exchange for the first overall pick from 2009. Stafford should start immediately in Los Angeles, equipped with wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp and a strong offensive line.

Jan 30, 2021 7:03 PM EST

Rams could be in the mix

The Rams have reportedly "explored the possibilities" of potentially acquiring Stafford, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Analysis: That said, the Rams still have fellow QB Jared Goff under contract, so it's unclear how their reported interest in Stafford might play out. In any case, it looks like they've join the ranks of NFL franchises who might consider making a run at making a deal for Stafford, who's in line to mutually part ways with the Lions. With that in mind, Fowler notes that "NFL teams started reaching out to the Lions about (the veteran signal caller) earlier this week."

Jan 29, 2021 3:04 PM EST

Expected to part ways with Detroit

Stafford and the Lions have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Stafford expressed his desire for a fresh start, and the Lions have agreed to grant that request. In turn, the team will look for a trade partner this offseason. Stafford was impressive once again in 2020, completing 64 percent of his passes for 4,084 yards (7.7 YPA), 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 32-year-old is a known commodity and would be a valuable addition to a contender. He has three years remaining on his contract, and he'll carry a $33 million cap hit in 2021. The Lions still have quarterbacks Chase Daniel and David Blough under contract next season, and they hold the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jan 23, 2021 3:17 PM EST

Throws three TDs in season finale

Stafford completed 20 of 31 passes for 293 yards with three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota. He added nine rushing yards on two attempts.

Analysis: Toughing out ankle, rib and thumb injuries, Stafford put forth an admirable effort despite a third-quarter interception that may have been the difference in the game. He probably should have had a fourth touchdown pass, but a third-quarter bomb to Marvin Jones was overturned on review and Stafford will close the books on the 2020 season with 4,093 passing yards and 26 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. However, despite those respectable numbers plus the fact that Stafford remains under contract through 2023, it's not certain that the 32-year-old gunslinger will return to Detroit next season. With the organization in the market for both a new head coach and general manager, it's possible the Lions - who owe Stafford a $10 million bonus on the fifth day of the 2021 league year - will bring in decision makers that prefer to groom a younger option. Adding more uncertainty to Stafford's offseason is his rehab from his injuries, but the quarterback at least doesn't believe he'll need surgery to address the ligament damage in his thumb, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Jan 3, 2021 2:52 PM EST

Suiting up again Sunday

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: Stafford has been limping through the stretch run of yet another lost season, but despite dealing with a trio of injuries over the past month, he's only 209 yards shy of the eighth 4,000-yard campaign of his career. On the other side, Minnesota boasts the 24th-ranked pass defense (256.9 yards per game) and will be without four starters, so Stafford has a great chance to get there, assuming he makes it through the contest unscathed.

Jan 3, 2021 8:33 AM EST

Remains on track for Sunday

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 32-year-old was deemed likely to play despite being listed as questionable on the injury report Friday, and his outlook remains unchanged halfway through the weekend. The Lions and Vikings have already been eliminated from the playoff picture, but Stafford still plans to gut it out for the season finale. The veteran has been banged up for much of the 2020 campaign, but he'll have started all 16 games for the ninth time in 10 years if he's cleared to start Sunday.

Jan 2, 2021 6:28 PM EST

Should be able to gut it out

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb) appears likely to play in Sunday's game against the Vikings, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Stafford was already playing through a pair of injuries when an ankle sprain knocked him out of the Week 16 loss to Tampa Bay. It seems he'll continue playing if he's physically capable, hoping to start all 16 games for a ninth time in the past 10 seasons. Listed as questionable after back-to-back limited practices, Stafford will have an excellent matchup if he does in fact play, facing a slumping Minnesota defense that has four starters ruled out for Week 17. The Lions will turn to Chase Daniel or David Blough at quarterback if Stafford is held out or doesn't finish the game.

Jan 1, 2021 3:37 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: Stafford was a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday, hoping to make a 16th start despite the recent addition of an ankle sprain to his list of injuries. Interim coach Darrell Bevell said Thursday that he has "no doubt" Stafford will play, but for fantasy purposes it's probably best to treat the veteran QB as questionable ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. Chase Daniel and David Blough both got playing time after Stafford was knocked out of last week's 47-7 loss to the Bucs.

Jan 1, 2021 12:04 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

The Lions listed Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb) as a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Despite interim head coach Darrell Bevell stating prior to the session that Stafford wouldn't practice for the second day in a row, the veteran quarterback was evidently able to do more Thursday than the Lions anticipated. While Stafford is likely managing considerable pain while tending to an assortment of injuries, the 32-year-old looks like he'll attempt to do everything in his power to play Sunday against the Vikings, even with little at stake for the 5-10 Lions. For what it's worth, Bevell isn't counting out Stafford, telling Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press "there's not a doubt in mind" the signal-caller will be ready to go by the weekend.

Dec 31, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Idle for second straight practice

Stafford (ankle) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: After exiting early in last week's loss to the Buccaneers with a right ankle sprain, Stafford has now missed consecutive practices as the Lions prepare for Sunday's season finale versus the Vikings. Though Stafford has also battled rib and right thumb injuries in recent weeks in addition to the ankle sprain, the Lions aren't yet ruling him out from playing Sunday, despite the team having little at stake in Week 17. Backup quarterbacks Chase Daniel and David Blough will continue to take reps at practice this week to stay prepared to start in the event Stafford can't gain clearance for the finale.

Dec 31, 2020 8:13 AM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Stafford (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of reports.

Analysis: Stafford has indicated that he wants to play in the Lions' season finale Sunday against the Vikings, but with the team out of playoff contention, there's no reason to push the quarterback into action this weekend. With a Wednesday practice absence on tap, Stafford now has two more chances to get back on the field before Detroit's final injury report of the the season is submitted Friday.

Dec 30, 2020 8:13 AM EST

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