Rams' Wolford ruled out; Goff to start vs. Packers

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — There will be no mystery leading up to kickoff regarding who will start at quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams in an NFC divisional-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

Quarterback John Wolford has been ruled out because of a neck injury, so Jared Goff will start, coach Sean McVay said Thursday. Blake Bortles will serve as backup.

McVay expressed disappointment that Wolford was unable to compete at practice this week, but the coach said Goff is making progress while recovering from surgery that he had on the thumb of his throwing hand on Dec. 28.

“He’s done a nice job throughout the course of the week,” McVay said. “… I know he’s been pain-free.”

Before Thursday, McVay had been coy about his team’s quarterback situation. He didn’t announce a starter for last week’s game until just before kickoff.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Thursday that the decision to start Goff wouldn’t affect their game plan “too much.”

“I think there may be a few things,” said LaFleur, who was Goff’s offensive coordinator in L.A. in 2017. “… I think we were pretty much preparing

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