Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald among Rams to sit out Week 17

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First-year Rams head coach Sean McVay is making his first decision about whether to rest players ahead of the playoffs and he hinted that he’d land on the side of sitting key starters with the Rams unable to move into one of the top two seeds with a victory.

On Wednesday, he confirmed that the Rams will be holding back many of their most important players.

Running back Todd Gurley won’t get a chance to add a final polish to his MVP case as the Rams will go with Malcolm Brown, Justin Davis and Lance Dunbar at running back. Whoever is running the ball will be taking handoffs from Sean Mannion as he’ll be quarterbacking in place of Jared Goff. Goff will dress as the backup.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan will also be inactive. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp and linebacker Mark Barron are both dealing with injuries and could help round out that inactive list against the 49ers.

11 responses to “Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald among Rams to sit out Week 17

  1. Something tells me they want to lose this game. Yes, they most likely get Carolina in the wildcard game as opposed to Atlanta/Seattle and provided the Saints win this week too but if they get by the Panthers then they could possibly end up playing Philly in the divisional rd instead of Minnesota. Based on what I saw Monday night that might be the better route for the Rams IMO.

  2. They are scared. Sissy McVay gets to go into the post with an excuse, instead of none, for a loss. Doesn’t want his boys to suffer a disappointing loss headed into the post, so he sits his stars against the juggernaut that’s about to take the league by storm. Can’t hide forever, sissy.

  3. >>Harry Singleton says:
    December 27, 2017 at 6:47 pm
    I want the Rams to come to Philly now. Well if they even get out of the divisional round.

    With Foles at QB I’d be worried about the Eagles making it past the first playoff game.

  4. Makes a lot of sense… They are playing well and have all the confidence in the world. Why take a chance against a team that has a BAD record, but is playing solid football right now. If they take one on the chin like the Jags did, it could really hurt the confidence heading into the playoffs. As it stands right now, they get to say, no need to play, keep stars healthy, ect, ect and not take the chance. Missing this game might take 1 series to get the flow back, a loss may not be recoverable for a young team.

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