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Jared Goff out for Week 17 with broken thumb, hopes to return for playoffs

The Los Angeles Rams veteran quarterback appears unlikely to play next week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a thumb injury.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) returns to the sideline following a turnover on downs against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Goff is getting surgery on his thumb and will not play in Week 17, per Ian Rapoport. He is hoping to return for the playoffs if the Rams season is extended. John Wolford will start in his place.

UPDATE: Goff will wait to see where his thumb is after the swelling goes down, but he is unlikely to play against the Cardinals in Week 17, per NFL Network’s Michael Silver. Silver goes on to say that the injury could be season-ending.

Los Angeles Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff might not be able to play in the regular-season finale due to a right thumb injury that he suffered against the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media adds that Goff’s right thumb is broken.

Schefter reported that Goff will undergo further testing when the team gets back into Los Angeles. However, if it is indeed broken, then it’s hard to see him playing next week against the Arizona Cardinals. The fifth-year quarterback completed 24-of-43 passes for 234 yards and an interception on Sunday afternoon.

If Goff cannot play on Sunday, then the Rams will likely turn to either John Wolford or undrafted rookie Bryce Perkins. Wolford has never taken an NFL snap, but does have pro experience, playing in the now defunct AAF with the Arizona Hotshots. Perkins had a dynamic two seasons at the University of Virginia, before going undrafted in 2020. Both Rams head coach Sean McVay and Jared Goff spoke highly of the dual-threat quarterback in the offseason.