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Rapoport: Jared Goff's status for Wild Card Round vs. Seahawks in doubt

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The Seahawks and Rams are set to play for the second time in a three-week span in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. Seattle will host the rubber match between the two teams at Lumen Field as the NFC West Champion. The teams split their two contests during the regular season.

There are notable injuries on both sides that will garner most of the pre-game attention throughout the week. The Seahawks might be without Jamal Adams (shoulder) and Jarran Reed (oblique strain).

Los Angeles could be without Jared Goff (thumb) for a second-straight week. Goff had thumb surgery following the Rams Week 16 loss in Seattle, and Ian Rapoport shared that it "will be difficult" for the QB to make it back in time for Saturday's playoff game.

If Goff can't go, it will be either John Wolford or Blake Bortles under center for the Rams. Wolford started in Week 17 and helped power Los Angeles past Arizona. He finished the game with 231 passing yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. He chipped in a team-high 56 rushing yards.

Bortles spent the 2019 season with the Rams and was recently re-signed following Goff's injury. He hasn't made a start since 2018 with the Jaguars.

Goff being out would be undeniably good news for the Seahawks, although it would put immense pressure on Seattle to win. Getting bounced from the playoffs by Wolford or Bortles, no matter how talented that Aaron Donald-led defense is, would send the fan base into a tailspin.

The Rams will likely keep Goff's status close to the vest for as long as possible. The final injury report with game designations will be released on Thursday due to the game being on Saturday.