Following yet another down performance from quarterback Jared Goff in a 20-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it appears that the Los Angeles Rams will be battling for their playoff lives come Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Rams will most likely have to take part in said must-win game without the struggling signal caller under center. Jared Goff suffered a right hand injury in the second half of the 20-9 loss.
We now have updated information on the injury. It’s not great.
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has broken right thumb
According to NFL Media’s Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport, Goff suffered a broken thumb in his throwing hand. He’s now unlikely to play according to other updates on the injury.
While the 26-year-old Goff has not been great this season, he’s by far Sean McVay’s best option at quarterback. Outside of the former No. 1 pick, Los Angeles boasts undrafted rookie free agent John Wolford at quarterback on its active roster. Fellow rookie Bryce Perkins is on the team’s practice squad.
Jared Goff injury and impact to Rams’ playoff hopes
The backdrop here is a Rams team that remains very much in jeopardy of missing out on the playoffs despite a 9-6 record. They are averaging just 17.7 points over the past three games. For his part, Jared Goff has tallied 580 yards with with three touchdowns and three picks during that span.
At this point, it’s a good bet that Goff won’t be able to play Week 17 against the division-rival Cardinals in what amounts to as a must win for the Rams. If Los Angeles were to lose to Arizona with the Chicago Bears beating Green Bay, the team would be on the outside looking in when it comes to the NFC Playoff picture.
For Jared Goff, this injury comes with growing concern over his status as the Rams’ quarterback of the future. He has taken a major step back since leading them to Super Bowl LIII following the 2018 season.