Rams' Goff undergoes thumb surgery, out Sunday

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Lindsey ThiryESPN

Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff underwent surgery Monday to stabilize a broken right thumb and will be sidelined for a Week 17 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, according to coach Sean McVay.

“We felt like that was going to be the best thing to do for him and for our team,” McVay said Monday, adding that Goff had some screws inserted and that he could return for the postseason if the Rams advance.

With a playoff berth at stake, the Rams will turn to backup quarterback John Wolford, who has never appeared in an NFL game since he went undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2018.

In order to clinch a playoff spot, the Rams (9-6), who have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season, must defeat the Cardinals (8-7) at SoFi Stadium, or have the Green Bay Packers (12-3) beat the Bears (8-7) in Chicago.

The Rams also are in the process of signing quarterback Blake Bortles from

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