Rams Decline to Name Starting Quarterback for Week 12

The Los Angeles Rams are playing things close to their chest in the lead-up to their Week 12 showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs. At his Friday press conference, head coach Sean McVay refused to share with reporters who he intended to start at quarterback for Sunday's game. Perkins took over in the Rams' Week 11 27-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints after Matthew Stafford exited with a concussion, his second of the season. John Wolford started in a Week 10 27-17 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals when Stafford was unavailable due to his first concussion, but suffered a neck injury that made him unavailable against the Saints and limited him in practice this week. Stafford has already been declared out for Sunday's game and could miss future contests as well.

Given Perkins took the majority of the reps at practice, he'll likely be the starter against the Chiefs, but McVay's unwillingness to commit to him reveals a certain lack of confidence in the young player. The Rams must be holding out hope that Wolford will be ready to play. Or they're scrambling for any advantage they can get over a Chiefs team that is a colossal 16.0-point favorite to walk away with the win. Denying the Chiefs a clear opposing starter could mildly affect their preparation.

Regardless of who starts, the Rams are likely to add yet another embarrassing chapter to what has been a nightmare season following their Super Bowl LVI win. They rank 29th in scoring, 30th in yards gained, and 28th in giveaways this season, and that was with Stafford and All-Pro wide receiver Cooper Kupp available for most of the year. Already at 3-7 and without clear timelines for the returns of their two biggest offensive stars, the Rams may have to kiss their playoff chances goodbye with another loss on Sunday. 
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