Colt McCoy and John Wolford very nicely may find yourself squaring off Sunday in a battle of backup quarterbacks thrust into beginning roles. However earlier than that turns into official, the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams wish to give their starters a last likelihood to see if they’ll play.
Cardinals sources advised ESPN the workforce doesn’t count on to determine whether or not Kyler Murray will begin in opposition to the Rams till they see him in pregame warm-ups and decide how nicely he can transfer. However a supply advised ESPN that pals of McCoy’s referred to as the Rams on Saturday evening to buy “a bunch of tickets” to Sunday’s recreation in Los Angeles.
“He is improved,” one Cardinals supply stated of Murray, who’s listed as questionable with a hamstring damage. “However [he] wants to have the ability to open up and run earlier than the sport to get the inexperienced gentle.” One other supply described Murray’s possibilities of enjoying at “50-50,” including that the choice might be “based mostly on how he feels and may transfer in pregame.”
On the opposite facet of this NFC West showdown, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford might want to clear concussion protocol — which he has not but completed — on Sunday morning to have the ability to play, in response to league sources.
The Rams have been getting ready as if they are going to begin Wolford, whilst Stafford has proven indicators of enchancment from his concussion signs all through the week, in response to sources. The Rams’ objective is to provide Stafford as a lot time as attainable to finish the mandatory steps to clear the protocol someday Sunday morning, in response to sources.
Stafford was positioned within the concussion protocol on Tuesday, and he’s formally listed as questionable in opposition to the Cardinals. Rams coach Sean McVay stated Friday that Stafford is “making good progress and regular development.”
If Stafford shouldn’t be cleared Sunday morning, Wolford would begin and be backed up by Bryce Perkins, a 2020 undrafted free agent whom the Rams assume extremely of.
Los Angeles will see the return of operating again Kyren Williams, who was activated off injured reserve on Saturday and can play Sunday, in response to a supply. Williams might be used with Darrell Henderson Jr. and Cam Akers to assist improve the Rams’ speeding assault.
McCoy, 36, began three video games final season when Murray was sidelined with an ankle damage, main Arizona to a 2-1 document in these contests. McCoy has began 33 video games over his 13-year NFL profession.
Wolford, 27, appeared in three video games with the Rams final season, however he has not began because the Rams’ 2020 regular-season finale and their wild-card victory over the Seattle Seahawks.