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Matthew Stafford shaken up after taking big hit late in first half

Matthew Stafford hobbled off the field after taking a big hit iin the 2022 NFC Championship game. Here are the latest updates.

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams looks to pass in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California.      Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

On the Rams final drive of the first half, QB Matthew Stafford took a big hit on an incomplete pass to Odell Beckham Jr., appearing shaken up as he left the field. He jogged off the field under his own power, but after playmakers Tyler Higbee and Van Jefferson already exited with injuries, they’ll need all of the health they can get.

Though Stafford hasn’t missed any games in the 2021 NFL season, he has shown up on the injury report throughout the season to give the Rams cause for concern. Back in late November, ESPN’s Dianna Russini noted numerous injuries he was playing through, including “pain in his throwing arm, his elbow, a sore ankle, and chronic back pain.”

We haven’t heard the broadcast crew noting a potential injury to Stafford, but he’ll be worth keeping an eye on coming out of halftime.