Jared Goff to miss Rams' season finale after thumb surgery

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

LOS ANGELES – Jared Goff will miss the Los Angeles Rams' regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals after undergoing surgery on his right thumb.

Goff could return a week later if the Rams make the playoffs, coach Sean McVay said Monday night.

John Wolford will take his first NFL snaps as Goff's replacement when the Rams (9-6) host the Cardinals on Sunday. Los Angeles will clinch a playoff spot with a victory, or if the Chicago Bears lose to Green Bay.

“John has done a great job preparing himself all year,” McVay said. “You watch him work, and the way he’s prepared, I know there’s confidence in him with his teammates. He’s put himself in a good position where he could come in and lead the offense.”

The Rams also will be without leading rusher Darrell Henderson, who is headed to injured reserve with a high ankle sprain. Rookie running back Cam Akers may be able to return from his own high ankle sprain after missing just one game, McVay said.

Rookie Bryce Perkins will be in uniform as a backup quarterback Sunday, and Los Angeles also plans to re-sign veteran Blake Bortles, who spent last season as Goff's backup before moving this season to Denver, where he was on the practice squad.

Wolford has spent the past two seasons with the Rams after a solid season in the Alliance of American Football. The Wake Forest product was the third-stringer behind Goff and Bortles last season before moving up to the No. 2 job this year, but he hasn't played for the Rams.

“We feel great” with Wolford in charge, center Austin Blythe said. “We have the utmost confidence in John to go out and perform. It's still our offense. We're still going to call the same plays. Nothing is going to change from our standpoint (or) attitude-wise. It just comes down to execution.”