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Matthew Stafford listed as questionable ahead of Week 9 vs. Packers

Matthew Stafford is dealing with a thumb injury and we break down what it means for Week 9 and beyond.

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Friday update: Stafford has officially been listed as questionable heading into the weekend. He is considered a true game-time decision, so we may not have our answer to his status until Sunday morning. If he can’t play, Brett Rypien will likely be under center.

Thursday update: Stafford was not spotted at practice on Thursday, per Sarah Barshop. All signs seem to be pointing toward Stafford not playing in Green Bay this weekend, but e’ll continue to monitor the situation. His absence would be tough for all the fantasy starters on the Rams.

Monday PM update: Stafford is considered day-to-day with a UCL sprain.

The Los Angeles Rams will continue to evaluate and test the thumb of quarterback Matthew Stafford ahead of their Week 9 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, per The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue. Stafford injured his thumb in the first half of their 43-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, getting it caught in the facemask of a Cowboys defender. He came out to play in the third quarter before re-exiting the contest, leaving backup Brett Rypien to handle quarterbacking duties for the rest of the contest.

Rodrigue also reported that the Rams are not ruling out placing him on injured reserve and will gather more information as the week goes on. They will have their bye next week before hosting the Seattle Seahawks in Week 11.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

This will be something to monitor throughout the week as there is a possibility that Stafford could miss some time due to this injury. The aforementioned Rypien would be thrown right into the fire and one would imagine that would depress the fantasy value of the likes of Cooper Kupp and Puka Nacua until the veteran starter returns.