Will Rams subject Stafford's thumb to numbing cold at Lambeau Field?

Los Angeles Rams v Green Bay Packers, Matthew Stafford
Los Angeles Rams v Green Bay Packers, Matthew Stafford / Patrick McDermott/GettyImages

The LA Rams are reeling from a two-game losing streak. But that is just the start of the Rams woes as the team must somehow regroup and ready for another road challenge. This time the Rams travel to Lambeau Field, and the icy cold reception of the frozen tundra. The LA Rams struggle on the road against the Green Bay Packers, and this year will be no different.

Complicating the challenge even more is the fact that LA Rams starting quarterback, Matthew Stafford, was pulled from the game due to repeated injuries to the thumb on his throwing hand. That opened a huge question mark for the immediate future of the LA Rams, and a roster that currently only carries two quarterbacks: Stafford and backup veteran quarterback Brett Rypien.

But what about rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett? With so little information available, we complied what we know and assembled likely projections of when Bennett might be expected back on the Rams roster. If correct, the likely window for Bennett's return is November 12-15, with the following window for his return on December 10-14.

Rams latest news is mixed for Week 9

So that won't offer another option for the Rams. So what is the latest update about Matthew Stafford and his injured throwing hand? Some positive news, it seems:

The LA Rams would be wise to be a bit cautious with Matthew Stafford in Week 9. The Rams did opt to put a glove on the injured throwing hand of former starting quarterback Jared Goff in a similar situation when the Rams faced the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round after the 2020 NFL season. The Rams would lose that game, prompting the team to swap Goff for then-Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Even if the Rams go with Brett Rypien in Week 9, essentially conceding a loss, who will be his backup? The Rams have no other option, even if you consider the Rams practice squad.

The LA Rams love to run their roster to razor-thin limits, which could be a case where the team will pay a costly price. Until Stetson Bennett returns to the Rams roster, this team is rolling the dice. With Matthew Stafford's latest thumb injury, the gamble may result in a significant loss.

Will Rams subject Stafford's thumb to numbing cold at Lambeau Field? I think that the glove option is the likely outcome if Stafford can suit up and play. If the Rams are willing to put Matthew Stafford at risk on a meaningless two-point conversion during a game that was already well out of hand, you have to believe that Stafford plays in Week 9.