A week of limited practices has produced a promising designation for Jared Goff.
The Los Angeles Rams quarterback was officially listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Goff underwent surgery on his broken and dislocated right thumb on Dec. 28.
"It feels good. It's progressing well. It's in a good place," Goff said of his thumb after practice, per Eric Williams of Sports Illustrated.
Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters that Goff did everything they asked him to do, and eventually indicated the QB was limited because backup John Wolford needed reps to prepare, too, NFL Network's Omar Ruiz reported.
"I don't even know what the hell limited means," McVay said, per Ruiz.
Should Goff receive the all-clear, it would be the first time he's played since injuring his thumb in the third quarter of L.A.'s Week 16 loss against these same Seahawks. Goff threw the ball 43 times that day, completing 24 of those attempts for 234 yards. He also tossed an interception and was held without a touchdown against the Seattle for the second time this season.
Goff missed L.A.'s playoff-clinching Week 17 victory over the Cardinals, and finished the 2020 campaign with 3,952 yards, 20 TD and 13 INT.
If he's unable to play, Wolford would again get the start just as he did in the season finale. After tossing a bad interception to begin the game, the 25-year-old settled in and looked solid in his NFL debut. He finished with 231 passing yards (22-38) and six carries for 56 rushing yards.
Despite turning in a subpar Year 5, Goff's return would provide another big boost to the Rams' offense with receiver Cooper Kupp , who was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, and left tackle Andrew Whitworth (MCL/PCL) slated to return. Whitworth was activated off injured reserve earlier in the day.
Goff and linebacker Micah Kiser (knee, questionable) are the only players the Rams included on the injury report.