Rams Quarterback Reenters Concussion Protocol

The Los Angeles Rams' nightmare season has taken another ugly turn. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is back in the league's five-step concussion protocol after being pulled from Week 11's 27-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints, jeopardizing his availability for Week 12's matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs as well as future games.

Stafford also missed Week 10's 27-17 loss against the Arizona Cardinals with a concussion. Facing two concussions on such a short timeline should have the Rams thinking twice about rushing Stafford back to the field in what already may be a lost season. The Rams are 3-7 and rank 29th in scoring, 30th in yards gained, and 28th in turnovers through 11 weeks.

Stafford joined the Rams via blockbuster trade with the Detroit Lions during the 2021 offseason and immediately took the perennially competitive franchise to the promised land, winning Super Bowl LVI. His follow-up season has been an unmitigated disaster; Stafford has seen his net yards per passing attempt plummet from 7.36 last year to 5.66 this year, and the 34-year-old's sack rate has jumped from 4.8% to 8.7%. The Rams may have no choice but to save Stafford from himself by shutting him down and waving the white flag on the season.

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