Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay expects QB Matthew Stafford to play on Sunday despite back problems

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  • Lindsey ThiryESPN


    • Covered Rams for two years for the Los Angeles Times
    • Had covered the falcons before
    • Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball

Although quarterback Matthew Stafford spent most of the week of training in the training room, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday that he anticipated Stafford would play the Tennessee Titans in a primetime match on Sunday.

Due to a past issue, Stafford was kept out of practice for most of the week, but McVay said he would be attending limited capacity on Friday.

“He doesn’t seem to care about that, but I think we want to play it safe,” McVay said before training. “When you’re a seasoned player like him, you let them dictate the terms and he really will always be the kind of guy to push it, so we were more careful with him, held him off, he’s going to do a few things today, but.” based on the feedback and the way he is feeling, I think he’s going in the right direction. “

“I feel good,” Stafford said about his back earlier this week. “I’ll be fine and play Sunday. I’m not worried, just stiff.”

Stafford is one of many players who suffered an injury or illness prior to Sunday’s game.

Receiver Robert Woods was also paused and slowed down later in the week due to a foot injury, but McVay indicated Woods would be available.

“I expect them to play,” McVay said of Stafford and Woods.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey has a knee problem and linebacker Ernest Jones has a stomach problem, but both are on the right track. Cornerback Darious Williams, who is recovering from an ankle injury, is expected to be activated from the injured reserve, McVay said.

It is uncertain whether Von Miller can make his debut after the Rams struck a blockbuster trade earlier this week ahead of the deadline to acquire the All Pro Outside linebacker.

Miller sprained his left ankle in week 7, was inactive in week 8 and the Rams are careful about his further recovery and will make him a game-time decision.

“He’s making good progress. It’s hard because we really haven’t had a lot to do with Von and he’s so tough, he’s such a great competitor, he always really pushes it,” said McVay. “If you asked Von, he’d say, ‘Hey, I’m feeling better, I’m making good progress’ and that’s all you can really ask.”

Defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day will undergo surgery after he worsens his chest muscle again and will be on indefinite hiatus, McVay said, adding that he could not provide a schedule for Joseph-Day’s return. Joseph-Day started seven games and has 3 sacks this season.

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