Los Angeles Rams Quarterback to Miss Week 13

The Los Angeles Rams are in the midst of one of the most disappointing follow-up seasons to a Super Bowl championship in NFL history, and it doesn't look like it's going to get better any time soon. Head coach Sean McVay announced at his Wednesday press conference that he doesn't expect quarterback Matthew Stafford to play in Sunday's matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Stafford has missed two games so far this season with two separate concussions. Symptoms first emerged following the Rams' Week 9 16-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and cropped again during the team's 27-20 defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. He is also battling a neck strain.

McVay has previously alluded to the possibility of Stafford missing the remainder of the season, but the "F them Picks" Rams have little to gain from tanking. They gave away their 2023 first-round pick to the Detroit Lions as part of the trade for Stafford. Currently, the pick is projected to be the third overall in the upcoming draft. The Rams could benefit from a few wins if only to save face.

Still, Stafford's long-term health must come first. The draft pick is already lost, and the season is likely beyond saving too. Though it'd be awfully embarrassing and certainly not what they planned, sending the Lions a high pick should be the least of the Rams' concerns. They must begin the long, humbling process of preparing for 2024. 
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