THOUSAND OAKS, Calif .– There will be no mystery leading up to who will start at defender of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Group-stage playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
Defender John Wolford has been cut due to a neck injury so Jared Goff will start coach Sean McVay on Thursday Blake Bortles will serve as a substitute.
McVay expressed disappointment that Wolford was unable to compete in training this week. But the coach said Goff was making progress while recovering from surgery on his throwing thumb on Dec. 28.
“He was doing fine all week,” Mcway said, “… I know he wasn’t hurt.”
Before Thursday, McVay was uncomfortable about the quarterback situation. He did not announce a start for last week’s game until kick-off.
Football coach Matt LaFleur told reporters on Thursday that Goff’s decision would not affect their playing plans “too much”.
“I think there might be something,” said LaFleur, Goff’s attack coordinator in LA in 2017, “… I think we were quite prepared for Jared all week so it didn’t change too much. “
Wolford starts a wildcard game against the Seattle Seahawks. But went out in the first trimester after he hit the head and neck He was rushed to hospital as a precaution during the game but returned to Lumen Field in time to attend the Rams locker room celebrations after a 30-20 win.
McVay described Wolford’s injury as a “sting”.
Goff replaced Wolford and completed nine of 19 hits over 155 yards and said after the game it was difficult when McVay told him Wolford would start.
“As a competitor, of course I wanted to be there and I wanted to play and felt I could make a difference,” Goff said. Facing things, I understand But as a competitor, I definitely want to play and I’m ready to play. ”
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.