THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is in the concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a neck injury, head coach Sean McVay said Wednesday.

McVay said Stafford felt some numbness in his legs after a Week 11 win over the New Orleans Saints, a game Stafford was playing two days after being cleared from the concussion protocol.

Stafford is in the concussion protocol, McVay said, “because of some of those evaluations [this week] And because we kicked him out of the game.

McVay clarified that even though Stafford is in concussion protocol, that does not mean the quarterback has been diagnosed with a concussion.

McVay said after Stafford was evaluated for his concussion against the Saints on Sunday, “We wanted to take a conservative approach to keeping him out of the game because of some of the symptoms he’s been experiencing.”

McVay said the Rams are taking him one week at a time with Stafford’s injury. “We’re not going to do anything reckless,” the coach said, not wanting to shut down the quarterback for the rest of the season.

“[Stafford is] “Very difficult,” McVay. “He’s a great competitor and I definitely think that’s probably one of the deals if he’s cleared, they definitely want to make sure I’m making a smart decision for him and for our team, not just for this year.

McVay has not committed to being the starting quarterback against Kansas City as John Wolford, who started in Week 10 while Stafford was in the concussion protocol, will be in practice with a neck injury. Wolford was inactive in Week 11 against the Saints due to a neck injury.

In the game at New Orleans, Stafford was replaced by Brice Perkins. Perkins was lined up to take most of the quarterback snaps during practice Wednesday. Stafford completed 5 of 10 passes for 64 yards in relief against the Saints. He also ran for 39 yards on five carries.

The Rams signed quarterback Case Cooke to the practice squad on Wednesday.


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