After leaving the stadium in an ambulance due to a neck injury, Los Angeles Rams starting quarterback John Wolford rejoined the team in time to celebrate a 30-20 wild-card victory Saturday against the host Seattle Seahawks.
“He must be good because he was in the locker room smiling,” head coach Sean McVay said after the game. “Looks like it’s trending in a positive direction.”
Wolford was knocked out of the game in the first quarter and was transported to a nearby hospital for “precautionary measures,” the team said.
McVay later characterized the injury as a stinger and said the team will know more in the next few days.
Regular starter Jared Goff took over after the injury. Goff was the designated backup because he had surgery on his broken right thumb 12 days ago and wasn’t deemed ready to start.
Goff wound up completing 9 of 19 passes for 155 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods with 4:46 left in the game to put the Rams ahead 30-13.
Wolford was hurt on a keeper in which Seattle safety Jamal Adams used his shoulder on a tackle that smacked Wolford hard in the head. Wolford was down on the turf in pain and was assisted by trainers before he was able to walk off the field.
Wolford, who completed 3 of 6 passes for 29 yards, was making his second career NFL appearance. He started against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 and completed 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards and one interception in the Rams’ 18-7 victory. He also rushed for 56 yards on six attempts.
The 25-year-old Wolford played college football at Wake Forest.
Goff passed for 3,952 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games during the regular season.
Veteran quarterback Blake Bortles, the third stringer, was one of the Rams’ inactives on Saturday.