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Sean McVay Provides Official Update on Matthew Stafford's Status for Week 13

Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams' Super Bowl encore has been a nightmare so far this season, with the team having lost five games in a row to fall to 3-8 on the year.

It doesn't sound like help is on the way this week.

Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday that, even though quarterback Matthew Stafford has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, he won't take the field when the Rams face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McVay said Stafford is also dealing with a neck injury.

"Rams’ QB Matthew Stafford has cleared concussion protocol but HC Sean McVay ruled him out for Sunday’s game vs. Seattle," Schefter tweeted. "Stafford’s return this season remains, at best, uncertain."

It's good to hear that Stafford has been cleared from the concussion protocol, as the concussion he suffered during a Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints was his second of this season.

However, as noted by Schefter, there remains skepticism about whether the 34-year-old Stafford will return to the field this season. 

The Rams are currently four-and-a-half games out of the NFC West division lead and three back of the last Wild Card spot. 

Plus, even if the Rams get Stafford back, they will be without leading receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson for the foreseeable future. The team placed Kupp on injured reserve after he underwent surgery on his sprained ankle last month, while Robinson has been ruled out for the remainder of the year due to a foot injury.

Stafford isn't the only big-name Rams player who won't suit up against the Seahawks. Star defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been ruled out due to a sprained ankle, meaning he will miss the first game of his illustrious NFL career.

John Wolford will start in place of Stafford on Sunday. Wolford, who started the team's Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, missed last the past two games due to a neck injury of his own. 

However, McVay reportedly said that third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins, who started for the Rams in Stafford's absence last week, could see some playing time, as well.