The announcement from Sean McVay that John Wolford would get the start during the team’s Wild Card game against the Seahawks gave confidence to fans who are hoping for more playoff football. However, that confidence was short-lived as Wolford suffered a neck injury during the team’s second drive of the game. He was able to leave the field of his own free will but was taken to the locker room for further observations.
John Wolford is down after this hit from Jamal Adams.
Jared Goff warming up…
— PFF (@PFF) January 9, 2021
At first, the team listed Wolford as questionable to return and inserted Jared Goff into the game just 12 days after having surgery on his thumb. Unfortunately, the team eventually announced that Wolford would not return as he was taken to the hospital via ambulance as a precaution.
Photo via AP photog @tedswarren of Rams QB John Wolford being taken for additional observation.
Per Ted, Wolford walked to the stretcher before being loaded into the ambulance. pic.twitter.com/uugrPpg7Bd
— Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) January 9, 2021
With Wolford officially ruled out, Goff is the only active quarterback on the roster. Blake Bortles who was re-signed by the team back in December is inactive which leaves punter Jonnhy Hekker, running back Cam Akers, and wide receiver Cooper Kupp as options in case of an emergency. While Goff gets props for returning from surgery so soon, he will be faced with the tough task of keeping the Rams’ season alive.
McVay: Wolford was in the locker room smiling and celebrating post-game back from the hospital.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 10, 2021
The Rams announced post-game that Wolford checked out to be just fine and returned from the hospital just in time to celebrate in the locker room with the team. According to McVay, the injury may have just been a stinger from the hit he suffered from the Seahawks’ Jamal Adams.