Stafford left the practice field with his thumb wrapped, which then led to Los Angeles fans panicking about his status for Week 1 of the regular season. The good news for the Rams is that the latest update on Stafford is quite encouraging.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport announced that the X-Rays on Stafford’s swollen thumb were negative. He’ll most likely miss a few days, but he won’t be out for an extended period of time.
This is great news for Los Angeles, especially since Stafford will have ample time to heal before the season opener.
#Rams QB Matthew Stafford has a swollen thumb after hitting it on a helmet in practice, but X-Rays were negative, source said. He’ll likely miss a few days, but nothing major.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2021
Prior to injuring his thumb, Stafford was making a strong impression on his teammates during training camp.
Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd raved about Stafford’s accuracy and consistency over the years.
“He’s been dropping dimes, really,” Floyd said. “He was in the same division when I was with Chicago, so I pretty much know. Yeah, he’s really good.”
Los Angeles gave up multiple first-round picks and Jared Goff just to acquire Stafford this offseason. It’s imperative that he’s at full strength for the start of the regular season.
With Stafford now operating Sean McVay’s offense, the Rams should be considered Super Bowl contenders.