The throwing hand of a quarterback is one of the most important parts of an NFL passer’s body. Jared Goff broke his right thumb less than a month ago, yet he’s got no real choice but to play through it following surgery.
The Rams might prefer to start John Wolford, and they did in the wild-card round of the 2021 NFL playoffs, but a Wolford neck injury changed things. Goff was pressed into duty, and while he was far from dominant, he did enough for Los Angeles to advance to a meeting with the top-seeded Packers. With Wolford ruled out for L.A., Goff will face off with Aaron Rodgers in what could be a huge quarterback mismatch. Blake Bortles will serve as Goff’s backup.
Goff practiced with gloves on leading up to the game in Green Bay, which Sean McVay said was a combination of grip because of the thumb and potentially the cold awaiting at Lambeau Field, per The Athletic. Goff doesn’t normally wear gloves while playing QB, but after going 9-for-19 passing a week ago, he’s likely pulling out all the stops.
If the Rams were not at the forefront of your worries the past couple weeks, you may have missed Goff’s uncomfortable-looking thumb injury. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Jared Goff’s injury?
Jared Goff appeared to dislocate his right thumb while playing against the Seahawks in Week 16. Afterward, NFL Network reported that it was broken.
Since Goff is a right-handed passer, that right thumb is mightily important to his profession. He wasn’t able to play the next week, and John Wolford started in his place to clinch a playoff berth for the Rams.
Speaking after the Rams advanced past the Seahawks in the wild-card round, Goff said that his thumb still wasn’t back to 100 percent.
“My thumb is fine. It’s coming along,” Goff said on Jan. 9. “It’s not 100 percent, because it had surgery 12 days ago, but it’s in a good place. I’m very capable with what I’ve got going on right now. I’m very proud of our team. It’s an exciting game. It’s an exciting day.”
How did Jared Goff break his thumb?
Jared Goff broke his right thumb in Week 16 against the Seahawks. The injury occurred on a pass play.
As Goff released the football, his right hand kept following through forward. The problem: A Seattle player’s helmet was in the path of Goff’s hand, which didn’t stop moving before colliding with the helmet. Goff’s thumb took the brunt of the contact with the helmet.
As Goff walked off the field, he could be seen popping the thumb back in place. Goff actually finished the game against Seattle before the broken nature of his right thumb was diagnosed.