Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford appears to have suffered an injury during the second half of their Week 4 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Here’s the latest on what we know.
Matthew Stafford Injury Update
Update 10/02/2023: According to Rams head coach Sean McVay, Stafford suffered a hip contusion. Although he remained in the game against the Colts, eventually winning it with a walk-off TD pass to Puka Nacua, he was clearly in pain. McVay doesn’t believe the QB will miss time, but said the team would be smart with their franchise QB.
Rams’ QB Matthew Stafford has a hip contusion, per HC Sean McVay, who said: “We’ll be smart with him, but it should be good to go. He is a stud and obviously we saw him gut through that yesterday, but definitely took a good shot there. We feel like he should be good to go.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2023
Stafford apparently suffered a lower-body injury in the second half of Sunday’s game.
The star quarterback is up to 20 of 28 passing for 243 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception on the day at time of publication. He and emerging wide receiver Puka Nacua have connected six times for 115 yards.
Stafford has taken two sacks in the contest for a loss of 16 yards.
It has been an up-and-down start to the season for Stafford and the Rams. The team sat at 1-2 coming into Sunday’s game, with Stafford completing 76 of 126 pass attempts for 910 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions in those contests. He was sacked six times in last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.
Fantasy Fallout From Stafford’s Injury
We’ve been wondering for a few weeks now how this offense would function when Cooper Kupp was back in the mix, and if that happens with Stafford out, this could be crippling for fantasy football managers. Kupp is going to be a target vacuum the second he returns, and if the number of passes declines, both Nacua and Tutu Atwell are going to find it tough to return meaningful fantasy numbers.
Kyren Williams’ role wouldn’t change as a result of a change under center, but the number of scoring opportunities would project to fall off a cliff and shift him out of the RB1 conversation. He’d still be a viable piece, but the ceiling would certainly dip.
— PFN Fantasy Analyst Kyle Soppe