On Monday, Stafford reportedly hit his surgically repaired thumb on a Rams player’s helmet. Luckily, x-rays were negative, but the team intended for him to miss some time.
That won’t be the case when the preseason comes, though. Teams have become more protective of their stars during those exhibition games, and that is the case for Rams head coach Sean McVay.
If you foolishly thought you’d see Stafford in the preseason, think again.
McVay: “There is zero chance you will ever see Matthew Stafford take a snap in the preseason for the Rams as long as I'm the coach.”https://t.co/3DI2LkWSih
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) August 6, 2021
“There is zero chance you will ever see Matthew Stafford take a snap in the preseason for the Rams as long as I’m the coach. That will never happen,” McVay said, via Rams Wire.
“He is not going to play. That’s why it’s important for us to try to get competitive ‘opps’ against some of these other teams in practice settings. Practicing against the Cowboys this Saturday. Get the Raiders twice. So we’re always looking for those things. Until you tell me that if a guy gets hurt in the preseason that we’ll get those games back or they’ll add them on the schedule afterwards as, ‘Oh yeah, you get two games because you lost those guys in the preseason,’ it’s hard for me to make sense of it.”
The Los Angeles Rams open the preseason against their crosstown rival, the L.A. Chargers, followed by the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos. They open the regular season on Sept. 12 against the Chicago Bears.