NFL Insider Provides Update on Thumb Injury Sustained by Jared Goff

Published 12/28/2020, 8:03 AM EST


In the game against the Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff suffered a broken and a dislocated thumb.

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While the team slumped to a 9-20 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, questions lingered over Goff’s availability for the rest of the season.
With the Rams still in the Playoffs race, Goff’s availability will be crucial if the side is to secure their spot in the postseason.

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Jared Goff is not ready to back down

Jared Goff is no quitter. The quarterback drafted in from the University of California, Berkeley, had endured a difficult start to his career in the NFL. But the QB rallied back to prove that he is the man for the quarterback job at the Rams going forward.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Goff is determined to fight through the pain.
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Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) signals at the line of scrimmage against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
While more test results are needed to make the final call on his availability, Goff is a tough cookie. The dislocation was there for everyone to see.
Goff simply popped the dislocated thumb back in and carried on with the game. The injury, which took place in the 4th quarter of the game, took place when he hit his throwing hand against a helmet.

Who if not Goff for the Rams?

If Goff is sidelined eventually due to the injury, the team would have to fall back on backup John Wolford. The 25-year-old quarterback has limited experience of playing in the NFL.
If called upon, Wolford would have the massive responsibility of not filling in for Goff but guiding the Rams to the Playoffs as well.

#JaredGoff thumb injury. Appeared to dislocated on a helmet but stays in game. Details at https://t.co/dFDT8os6QG pic.twitter.com/f7sQ2dKEXq

— David J. Chao – ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) December 28, 2020

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Following the side’s second straight defeat, the road to the Playoffs is difficult but not impossible. A tough tie against fellow playoff hopefuls Arizona Cardinals awaits in their final game of the regular season.
A win there would be enough to get to the Playoffs yet again. A Green Bay Packers win against the Chicago Bears on the final gameweek too would be enough to get the Rams through to the postseason.
But even if the Rams can manage to get themselves to the Playoffs, without Goff, a deep playoff run seems highly unlikely.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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