The Los Angeles Rams lost to the Green Bay Packers without their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was sidelined with a thumb injury.
The experienced quarterback had to miss Sunday due to a UCL sprain in his right thumb suffered in last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Brett Rypien started as a substitute in LA’s 20-3 loss at Lambeau Field.
Stafford’s injury occurred in the second quarter of a disastrous loss to the Cowboys when he hit defensive back Mazi Smith’s helmet with his thumb. Stafford went to the locker room but returned to play the entire second half.
The Rams were more conservative with Stafford last week, holding him out of practice all week and marking him as questionable for Friday’s Packers game. The good news for the Rams is that they have a bye next week, giving Stafford two weeks to recover before his next game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 19th.
Rypien wasn’t able to generate much offense on Sunday as he went 13 of 28 for 130 yards and an interception.
This was the first missed game of the season for Stafford, who missed eight last season due to a concussion and a spinal cord bruise.
Entering his career on Sunday, Rypien recorded 820 passing yards, a 60.7% completion rate, 5.9 yards per pass attempt, four passing touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine career games, including three starts. With his previous team, the Denver Broncos, Rypien had a 2-1 record in his starts.