It’s been a disaster of a 2022 season for the Los Angeles Rams, who have been bitten hard by the injury bug.
The Rams have been without their top two receiving options in Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson, while they recently saw Aaron Donald miss his first career game due to a high ankle sprain. To make matters worse, Los Angeles placed Matthew Stafford on injured reserve prior to their Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to a neck injury.
Stafford has struggled to stay healthy this year, and head coach Sean McVay announced the move to IR likely ends the quarterback’s season, via Stu Jackson of TheRams.com:
Rams head coach Sean McVay on Sunday announced quarterback Matthew Stafford has a spinal cord contusion.
“There’s a good chance that that’s probably the case,” McVay said, when asked after the Rams’ 27-23 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday if Stafford is done for the season.
With the Rams at the bottom of the NFC West standings, there’s really no point in rushing back Stafford who has dealt with head and neck injuries. Health was always going to be a major factor when it came to making another postseason run, but with so many key players sidelined including Stafford Los Angeles is better off looking to next year.
It’s a disappointing result for Stafford and the Rams who never quite got to see the offense take off. Injuries along the offensive line played a large part in the team’s struggles, but even Stafford didn’t quite look himself.
As of now, the only thing the organization can hope for is for Stafford to make a full recovery for next season. The reigning Super Bowl champions won’t get a shot to defend their crown, though it’s a reminder to fans how hard it is to repeat as champions in the NFL.