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Free agent QB & past record breaker a potential contingency for Rams

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As of Monday evening, November 21, Matthew Stafford is yet to undergo a lengthy evaluation for a possible concussion for the second time this season.

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback had to leave during the 27-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Head coach Sean McVay then helped specify the current situation involving the quarterback who won the Super Bowl.

“Yesterday when we went into the tent, (we) got his symptoms, he checked out and was feeling pretty good, but we wanted to be overly cautious,” McVay said during a video conference call on Zoom with reporters from LA on Monday. “But where he is right now as far as his status is concerned, still in the process of being evaluated to see if we’ll put him on the record.”

But outside of Stafford, backup John Wolford was ruled out for the Saints game because of a neck injury. McVay mentioned that if both aren’t available, he’s in talks with general manager Les Snead about the possibility of adding someone as a potential contingency plan.

A lot could change when the Rams return to practice Wednesday at Thousand Oaks. However, if the Rams need to switch to freehand, a recently released NFC West quarterback and former record-breaker could be an option given his availability.

Kurt Benkert is currently without an NFL home after rival San Francisco 49ers parted ways with him on November 15.

Benkert himself announced on his personal Twitter that he had been fired from the Rams’ main rival.

Benkert, 27, established himself as a record-breaking passer at the University of Virginia. He left UVA as program manager for a season in passing yards for 3,207 yards, completions for 298, and broke the single-game passing yardage record with a 455-yard play against Connecticut in 2017.

And his eventual replacement in Charlottesville? Rams support Bryce Perkins, who has been huddled for the Rams in the last two games. Perkins is the only healthy option in the QB space right now.

Benkert has experience backing three quarterbacks who have played in a Super Bowl: Matt Ryan with the Atlanta Falcons from 2018-2020, Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers last season, and Benkert was with Jimmy Garoppolo for 10 weeks and in a QB room, the 49ers. If the Rams give him a chance, Stafford will become the fourth player in the big game to work with.

The Rams are suddenly looking like they’re in need of QBs, and the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Benkert would be considered an insurance policy if the Rams depend on his compatriot Virginia Cavalier Perkins for the Chiefs’ game.

There were analysts baffled by how Darrell Henderson went from running back to just four snaps against the Saints.

However, McVay helped explain the reasoning to Zoom: “Hendo” felt “a little something in his knee before the game.” Cam Akers and rookie Kyren Williams took over the backfield reins from there. Henderson’s status with the Chiefs is to be determined.

Meanwhile, in the trenches, blindside tackle Ty Nsekhe left the Saints with a sprained ankle. McVay said Nsekhe will be monitored, but McVay adds there’s a chance he’ll be available for the Week 12 road trip to Kansas City.

Defensively, A’Shawn Robinson suffered a knee injury. The Rams are still looking at nose tackle, but McVay says his knee “doesn’t look good.”

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