Fans of the Los Angeles Rams can breathe a sigh of relief this Thursday afternoon.
After missing last week's game with a concussion, NFL insider Ian Rapoport announced today that Matthew Stafford is expected to clear protocol before Sunday's matchup in New Orleans.
Stafford, who practiced in full capacity Thursday for the first time in nearly two weeks, appears on track to get the start for Los Angeles in Week 11.
"Matthew Stafford is expected to be cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol and play on Sunday," Ian Rapoport said Thursday.
Without Stafford last week against Arizona, the Rams' already struggling offense took an even bigger step back.
In relief of the injured Stafford, John Wolford got the start for Los Angeles but simply wasn't effective against the Cardinals.
While the backup completed 24 of 36 passes for 212 yards, a woeful 27% conversion rate on third downs and a costly fourth quarter interception dashed the Rams' chances of surviving without their starting signal caller.
Stafford's return in Week 11 should provide a spark to Los Angeles' offense, however, he'll have to do it without his favorite target, Cooper Kupp. Suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Rams' Week 10 loss to Arizona, Kupp will be out for at least the next four weeks.
In Kupp's place, Stafford will need to find a new primary receiving option in Allen Robinson II, Van Jefferson or Ben Skowronek.
The Rams, 3-6, look to snap a three-game losing streak this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.