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Top John Wolford News

  • Rams' John Wolford: Should be good to go

    Wolford (thumb) was a full participant in Monday's practice session, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

    Wolford was unavailable for the Rams' preseason finale against the Bengals due to a thumb injury, but he appears to have moved past the issue ahead of Thursday's Week 1 tilt against Buffalo. The 26-year-old will serve as the top backup behind Matthew Stafford to begin the regular season.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Won't play in preseason finale

    Wolford (thumb) won't play in Saturday's preseason game at Cincinnati, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

    Wolford's absence leaves Bryce Perkins as the Rams' only option under center against the Bengals. One could argue that a backup's best ability is availability, which makes Perkins' case for the role of second-string quarterback even stronger after he played more efficiently than Wolford in Los Angeles' preseason Week 2 matchup versus Houston.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Misses practice

    Wolford (hand) missed practice on Thursday after having a fingernail on his throwing hand ripped off Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    Wolford's status for Saturday's preseason finale against the Bengals will come down to pain tolerance, as the loss of a fingernail on a quarterback's throwing hand makes it difficult to grip the football without pain. If Wolford is unable to play, Bryce Perkins will get a solid opportunity to stake his claim for the role of primary backup to Matthew Stafford.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Middling preseason debut

    Wolford completed 14 of 22 passes for 142 yards in Friday's 24-20 preseason loss to the Texans. He also rushed four times for seven yards.

    Wolford's position as the primary backup to Matthew Stafford became tenuous last week after Bryce Perkins had a breakout performance against the Chargers. Neither Wolford nor Perkins did much to move the needle against the Texans, as Wolford's attempts to put together a consistent drive were stopped by a whopping five sacks over his two quarters of in-game action. Wolford will have one last chance to showcase his talents next Saturday during the Rams' final preseason game against the Bengals.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: In line to start preseason game

    Head coach Sean McVay said Wolford is expected to play the first half of Friday's preseason contest against Houston, while Bryce Perkins likely plays the second half, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

    Barring any setbacks, Friday will account for Wolford's first preseason action of 2022, after Perkins was the only quarterback to play in last Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers. The 26-year-old has also taken some of the first-team reps throughout training camp, as Matthew Stafford has been working through elbow discomfort. Wolford re-signed with the Rams in April and is slated to be the primary backup heading into the 2022 season.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Taking first-team reps

    Wolford has been working with the first-team offense while Matthew Stafford (elbow) manages his workload, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    Coach Sean McVay has been trying to manage Stafford's workload with this nagging elbow issue, and Wolford has taken the opportunity to get in sync with new receiver Allen Robinson, connecting with him on multiple touchdowns during Wednesday's practice and also tossing a 50-yard score to Tutu Atwell. Stafford is known to play through injury and rarely leaves the field, but Wolford's extended work with the first-team group has, in limited action, seemed encouraging so far if Stafford's elbow isn't ready to go by Week 1.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Re-signs with Rams

    Wolford officially signed his one-year tender from the Rams on Tuesday, independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman reports.

    An exclusive rights free agent, Wolford couldn't negotiate with another team after being tendered by Los Angeles at the end of March. The 26-year-old quarterback should be the backup quarterback to Matthew Stafford for the 2022 campaign. Wolford made three garbage-time appearances last year, but the Wake Forest product's most memorable NFL moment came a season prior. While Jared Goff was sidelined due to thumb surgery for Week 17 of the 2020 season, Wolford drew his first career start and led the Rams to a playoff-clinching win over the Cardinals.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Tendered by Rams

    The Rams tendered Wolford a contract Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    As an exclusive rights free agent, Wolford can no longer negotiate with another team after being tendered by Los Angeles, which means he'll return to the Rams in 2022 as the backup to No. 1 quarterback Matthew Stafford. Wolford made three appearances in garbage time in 2021, with the Wake Forest's products most memorable NFL moments having come the season prior. While Jared Goff was sidelined due to thumb surgery for Week 17 of the 2020 season, Wolford started and led Los Angeles to a playoff-clinching win over the Cardinals.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Does little in garbage time

    Wolford completed one of his two passing attempts for five yards and also took an eight-yard sack during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 38-22 win over Houston.

    There's little to read into Wolford's appearance Sunday. He was in mop-up duty and only attempted the two passes through the entire fourth quarter. At best, the 26-year-old signal caller is a speculative stash in two-quarterback formats, as he doesn't project to receive meaningful playing time as long as No. 1 QB Matthew Stafford is healthy.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Off injured list

    Wolford (neck) wasn't listed on the Rams' injury report Wednesday, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    Wolford injured his neck in his first appearance of the 2021-22 campaign as he threw one interception on two pass attempts against the Giants. The backup quarterback is expected to be available for the Rams' matchup with the Lions in Week 7.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Nursing neck injury

    Wolford suffered a neck injury during Sunday's game against the Giants but is expected to be available in Week 7 against Detroit, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    Wolford failed to complete a pass on two attempts and threw an interception in his brief appearance Sunday, and he also came away slightly banged up. However, head coach Sean McVay noted the backup quarterback should be ready to play in the team's upcoming contest if needed.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Set for season opener

    Wolford (appendix) isn't listed on the Rams' injury report Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    An emergency appendectomy was ordered up on Aug. 6 after Wolford was awakened in discomfort. He proceeded to sit out the entire preseason, even though he got back on the practice field Aug. 23 and directed the second-team offense. With the offseason trade of Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford, there's no question about Wolford's standing in the quarterback room as Stafford's direct backup.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Given clean bill of health

    Wolford isn't expected to play Saturday after coach Sean McVay said QB Bryce Perkins would play the entire game against the Broncos, with Wolford serving only as an emergency option with no other backup quarterbacks on the roster, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

    Wolford remains the projected backup to No. 1 quarterback Matthew Stafford heading into the 2021 season. It's encouraging to hear Wolford has quickly recovered from the appendectomy he underwent earlier this month, and he ran all of the second-team reps during practice Monday. While there probably isn't a lot of current fantasy upside with the third-year signal caller in most settings, McVay has shown confidence in Wolford in the past because of his dual-threat potential.

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  • Rams' John Wolford: Will not play in preseason

    Rams head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that Wolford (appendix) won't be available to play during the preseason, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

    The backup quarterback is continuing to recover from an appendectomy he had last week. In his absence, look for Bryce Perkins and Devlin Hodges to carry the load for the majority of the preseason snaps. However, the Rams seem set to have Wolford as their main backup to Matthew Stafford for the 2021 season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Age: 26
School: Wake Forest
Experience: 3