The Los Angeles Rams placed rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett on their non-football injured list on Wednesday.
Rams coach Sean McVay did not provide any details on the reason for the move with Bennett, who led Georgia to the last two national championships before Los Angeles drafted him in the fourth round.
“There are certain things that I think are a little bigger and more important, and out of respect for the details and the specifics, I want to be able to keep it internal,” McVay said.
Bennett missed the Rams’ season-opening win in Seattle with what the team said was a shoulder injury, presumably related to Bennett’s heavy lifting in training camp and the preseason.
McVay said Bennett’s move to the NFI list was not related to his shoulder injury. McVay also said he recently met with Bennett.
“Out of respect for him and the situation, I’ll leave all the details and details internal,” McVay said. “So I’m not really going to have any follow-up information or anything I’ll give out on that.”
The Rams had Bennett as their primary backup to Matthew Stafford. Newcomer Brett Rypien, who joined the Rams’ practice squad after playing the preseason, will assume the backup role behind Stafford for now, McVay said.
“The fortunate thing for us is that Brett Rypien has been with the company,” McVay said. “He’s on our practice squad. He was the backup last week and he’ll remain in that situation until something changes about it.”
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Bennett was the first quarterback drafted by the Rams during McVay’s seven seasons in charge, and McVay spoke at length about his desire to help Bennett become an effective pro. Los Angeles hadn’t drafted a quarterback since first drafting Jared Goff in 2016.
Bennett led the Bulldogs to back-to-back national titles culminating in a blowout victory over TCU at SoFi Stadium last January. He also won the Manning Award as the nation’s top college quarterback.
John Wolford and Bryce Perkins were Stafford’s backups last season, but the Rams cut ties with both in the offseason. Baker Mayfield, who signed with Tampa Bay, played the Rams’ final five games of last season while Stafford was injured.
The Rams (1-0) host San Francisco on Sunday in their home opener.
Information from The Associated Press.
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