The Los Angeles Rams placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve Saturday, likely ending his season.
Stafford, who cleared concussion protocol earlier this week, was already ruled out for Sunday’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.
He has already missed two of the past three games and he now will have to miss at least three additional games. With the defending Super Bowl champions sitting at 3-8, it would make little sense for Stafford — who the Rams signed to a four-year, $160-million contract through 2026 — to return to the lineup for just the final two games of this season.
Stafford sustained a neck injury in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints after clearing protocol from a previous concussion.
Stafford, 34, has passed for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He has thrown for 52,082 yards and 333 touchdowns in 191 games in his 14-year career with the Detroit Lions (2009-20) and Rams.
John Wolford will get the start against the Seahawks on Sunday after Bryce Perkins started under center last weekend in a 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.