Matthew Stafford should be “ready to go” against the Seattle Seahawks, according to Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.
Stafford sprained a ligament in his thumb in the Week 8 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys and missed the 20-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers the following week.
However, the bye in Week 10 came at a good time for Stafford and the Rams, giving the former Detroit Lions quarterback time to heal up, and McVay believes he will be “ready to go” against the 6-3 Seahawks on Sunday.
“He’s making great progress, and so we’re operating with the anticipation and expectation that he is going to be good to go,” McVay told reporters on Monday.
“He’ll be pushing through, but we expect him to be able to start and play and do his thing and lead the way this week.”
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Stafford’s backup, Matt Rypien, completed just 13 of 28 passes against the Packers, also throwing an interception as the Rams slipped to 3-6.
The Rams brought in former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Wednesday to add depth, a move that McVay feels will serve the team well, saying: “[We] feel good about Matthew returning, and obviously when he’s out there, you feel great about the leadership and everything that he provides.
“But god forbid if something were to happen where he weren’t available, [we] felt like this would offer an opportunity for somebody that’s played a lot of high level football to get him in here [and] get him kind of familiar with some of the things that we’re doing.”