Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff has broken thumb, unlikely to play Week 17

By Vincent Frank
Dec 29, 2019; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) waits in the tunnel before a game Arizona Cardinals in the final Rams home game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to SoFi Stadium for the 2020 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.

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Dec 16, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) reacts after throwing an interception during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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.