Colt McCoy and John Wolford could very well end up facing off Sunday in a battle of backup quarterbacks being propelled into starting roles. But before that becomes official, the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams would like to give their starters one last chance to see if they can play.
Cardinals sources tell ESPN the team doesn’t expect to decide if Kyler Murray will start against the Rams until they see him in pre-game warm-ups and determine how well he can. to move. But a source told ESPN that friends of McCoy’s called the Rams on Saturday night to buy “a bunch of tickets” for Sunday’s game in Los Angeles.
“He’s gotten better,” a Cardinals source said of Murray, who is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. “But [he] must be able to open up and run before the game to get the green light.” Another source described Murray’s chances of playing “50-50”, adding that the decision will be “based on how well he feels and can move before the game”. .”
On the other side of this NFC West showdown, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford will need to clear concussion protocol – which he hasn’t yet done – on Sunday morning in order to play, league sources say. .
The Rams prepared as if they were going to start Wolford, even though Stafford showed signs of improving his concussion symptoms throughout the week, sources say. The Rams’ goal is to give Stafford as much time as possible to complete the steps needed to clear protocol on Sunday morning, sources say.
Stafford was placed on concussion protocol on Tuesday, and is officially listed as questionable against the Cardinals. Rams coach Sean McVay said Friday that Stafford is “making good progress and steady progression.”
If Stafford isn’t cleared Sunday morning, Wolford would start and be backed by Bryce Perkins, an undrafted 2020 free agent the Rams are keen on.
Los Angeles will see the return of running back Kyren Williams, who was activated off injured reserve on Saturday and will play on Sunday, according to a source. Williams will be used along with Darrell Henderson Jr. and Cam Akers to help improve the Rams’ rushing offense.
McCoy, 36, started three games last season when Murray was sidelined with an ankle injury, leading Arizona to a 2-1 record in those contests. McCoy started 33 games during his 13-year NFL career.
Wolford, 27, played three games for the Rams last season but hasn’t started since the Rams’ 2020 regular season finale and wildcard win over the Seattle Seahawks.
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