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John Wolford ruled OUT, Jared Goff will start in Divisional Round

John Wolford doesn’t practice with neck injury while Jared Goff is a full participant on Tuesday.

John Wolford of the Los Angeles Rams heads to the locker room after being injured in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lumen Field on January 09, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Thursday update: John Wolford has been ruled OUT for Saturday’s Divisional Round game against the Packers, per head coach Sean McVay. That means Jared Goff will get the start.

Tuesday update: Jared Goff gets in full practice, while John Wolford doesn’t practice on Tuesday, per the injury report. Wolford’s suffered a stinger last week and still has a chance to be ready for the Divisional Round vs. the Packers.

John Wolford started at quarterback over Jared Goff in the Los Angeles Rams’ Wild Card Round matchup because of Goff’s injured thumb but was forced to leave the contest early on his second drive because of a neck injury he suffered after taking a big hit from Jamal Adams. Wolford was carted off the field on Saturday and taken to a local hospital for further evaluation but appears to have avoided any major damage.

Sean McVay said the rookie quarterback is day-to-day on Sunday. There’s a chance he could get the starting nod again for his team’s Divisional Round matchup against the Green Bay Packers. McVay would not commit to a specific starting quarterback just yet after not publicly announcing his Wild Card Round decision until shortly before kickoff.

Wolford was just 3-of-6 passing for 29 yards against Seattle and tallied just 2 rushing yards on a designed run play. We didn’t get to see much from him in the first round of the playoffs but he showed that he’s respectable by throwing for 231 yards and rushing for 56 yards against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 to secure the Rams a playoff spot.

Jared Goff did not look good throwing the ball against the Seahawks and was just 9-of-19 passing for 155 yards and a score. The discomfort caused by the injured thumb on his throwing hand could make Wolford the better option.