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Aaron Donald has a rib injury, wide receiver Cooper Coop has bursitis in his knee, quarterback John Walford has a sting, and quarterback Jared Goff is still recovering from a thumb operation he underwent on December 28.
Rams coach Sean McVeigh expressed optimism on Sunday night that Donald and Coop could return for the race next Saturday, but the situation with the quarterback remains unclear.
“I just want to be able to see their health,” said McVeigh Walford and Goff. “That’s the first thing and we’re just going to get out of there.”
McVeigh said he had not decided who would start against the Packers and did not say if he was leaning in any direction.
Walford started a second straight game on Saturday with a 30-20 wild card victory in the Seattle Seahawks, but he came out with 5:40 to play in the first quarter after suffering a blow
Goff entered the game – 12 days removed from surgery to repair a broken thumb on his throwing hand – and passed for 155 yards and a touchdown. Goff then said he felt no pain in his thumb and that he was “very capable of what I’m doing right now,” even though he was less than 100 percent healthy.
However, McVeigh said on Sunday that it was obvious that Goff’s injured thumb had affected his game, and the coach refused to speculate on who would start against Packers if Goff’s recovery continued to progress without failure.
“I’ll take it one day. It affected him yesterday; you’re watching the game, really,” McVeigh told Goff. “So it may not have been painful, but it was something he did great in battle, ready to go; and there were some things he was usually able to accomplish, but they seemed to be a factor. “
Walford and Goff were the only active quarterbacks for the Rams against the Sioux Hawks, but McVeigh said he would likely retain an active third-back against the Packers.
As for Donald, who recorded 13.5 sacks in the regular season and added two more against the Seahawks, McVeigh declined to give details when asked about the severity of his rib injuries.
“We’ll be smart with him all week,” McVeigh said. “But I think if there’s something he’s going to do, he’s going to do everything he can to get it ready for work.”
Donald suffered an injury in the third quarter in Seattle when he hit quarterback Russell Wilson, who seems to have landed on Donald’s ribs. Donald left the game and did not return.
Kupp was out of the game in the fourth quarter, although McVay said his injury did not occur in a specific game.
“We’re just going to keep an eye on him every day and hope to reduce that swelling and inflammation with anticipation and hope he’s ready,” McVeigh said.
McVeigh also said left-back David Edwards, who came out of the slope on Saturday in the second quarter, has Achilles tendonitis and will be day to day. If he is unable to play, Bobby Evans will start from the left guard.