Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay has been tight-lipped on which quarterback will start Saturday’s Wild Card Round playoff game vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
While Seattle has been preparing for either Jared Goff or John Wolford under center, it appears Goff, who is questionable to play Saturday following a Dec. 28 surgery to repair a dislocated and fractured right thumb, will be ready if his name is called.
"It feels good. It's progressing well. It's in a good place," Goff said of his thumb following Thursday’s practice. "I'm in the mindset that if I have to play at any point, then I'm ready to play and just continuing to progress well.”
The last time the 26-year-old took the field was during the third quarter of Los Angeles’ Week 16 loss to Seattle. In the pivotal meeting, Goff went 24 of 43 for 234 yards for no touchdowns, and one interception as the Seahawks came away with a 20-9 victory and the NFC West title.
Goff missed the Rams playoff-clinching 18-7 victory over the Cardinals in Week 17. Backup Wolford was 22 of 38 in his NFL debut for 231 passing yards and added six carries for 56 yards rushing.
Goff has been limited all three practice days this week and is officially listed as “questionable” for Saturday's rubber match between the NFC West rivals.
“I think he’s done everything in his power to handle the situation,” McVay said of Goff Thursday. “He’s rehabbing. He’s attacking the opportunities that he’s had at practice. I think it’s a real credit to him, and I’ve been pleased with the progress that he’s made. I know you guys will get a chance to talk to him. I think he’d be better equipped to tell you exactly how his thumb’s feeling. I’ve been extremely impressed with just watching him handle the situation, coming back, working hard, doing all the little things the right way and that’s exactly what you want to see from your quarterback.”
Whether Goff or Wolford step on the field Saturday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says his team’s preparation and mindset will remain constant.
“A little different, but the plays were basically the same and the style of play, and it's 16, 17 games now,” Carroll said Tuesday. “They're going to do the same stuff that they've got to do.”