Baker Mayfield may see action sooner than expected in Los Angeles.
Mayfield is expected to be active against the Raiders on Thursday Night Football after the quarterback was released by the Panthers and waived by the Rams on Monday. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Mayfield arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday night and is reportedly ready to go through a full game plan.
However, Mayfield’s status will depend in part on how John Wolford feels as a backup as he continues to deal with his neck injury. Wolford, who was limited in transition on Wednesday, is currently listed as questionable.
Sean McVay told reporters Wednesday that Mayfield’s status is being “worked out” before Thursday’s game. The Rams also have third-stringer Bryce Perkins on the depth chart.
In a separate report, This was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter The Rams want to see how Wolford does in preseason before making a decision on who will start at QB, adding that Mayfield will start next if Wolford isn’t healthy enough.
The Rams waived Mayfield after starter Matthew Stafford was placed on injured reserve with a spinal contusion on Saturday. The 34-year-old has been sidelined since injuring his neck in Week 11 against the Saints.
Stafford’s backups have been ineffective for the 3-9 Rams, who are on a six-game losing streak.
Wolford is winless in two starts, passing for 390 yards and throwing just one interception three times. In Perkins’ one start in the Week 12 loss to the Chiefs, he completed 13 of 23 passes for just 100 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
And Mayfield has completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,313 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in seven games for the Panthers, including six starts.
Although Stafford is eligible to return in Week 17, the head coach Sean McVay said “There’s a good chance” he won’t play again this season. Stafford threw eight times for 2,087 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games before going down.