The LA Rams are certainly flipping into the minor injury sequence at a record-breaking pace. First, it was the off-season injury to running back Cam Akers that ended his season. Then the Rams had to place rookie WR Tutu Atwell on the Reserve/COVID list. Then rookie TE/WR Jacob Harris was sidelined while a minor core muscle procedure heals. Next, it was rookie DB Robert Rochell’s wrist. Then it was rookie DL Bobby Brown III’s thumb.
Now, it’s veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford’s thumb. And per the recap of The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue, (subscription required) the injury occurred while Stafford was running drills to move the ball in 11 on 11 personnel. After a pass, his throw’s follow-through brought his thumb down on a helmet. He grabbed his thumb, the trainer came out, and Stafford headed to the sidelines with a cold compress on the thumb.
So far, nobody anticipates this injury as anything that may risk missing game time for the veteran quarterback. But it certainly amplifies the need to take a much more discerning look into the LA Rams reserve quarterback situation.
With full pads going on today, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, it remains to be seen if Stafford will stay on the sidelines for light workouts, will participate in some drills, or will fully-suit-up and be a full participant. So far, Stafford has been dropping jaws with his deceptive gazes, a rocket arm, and his new ability to direct traffic for touchdowns.