In a sign that they are being extremely cautious with starting quarterback Jared Goff, the Los Angeles Rams have decided to promote quarterback Bryce Perkins from the practice squad for Saturday’s NFC Divisional playoff game at the Green Bay Packers. Defensive back Donte Deayon was also promoted.
That means both players can play against the Packers.
Perkins will be the No. 3 quarterback on Saturday behind Goff and backup Blake Bortles. Regular No. 2 quarterback John Wolford is out Saturday with a neck injury he suffered in the first quarter of a 30-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card round last Saturday.
Bortles is the usual No. 3 quarterback. Only Wolford and Goff were active in Seattle. Clearly, Rams coach Sean McVay learned a lesson when Wolford went out and he is now prepared for Saturday in case Goff gets hurt. He is playing with a thumb on his throwing hand that was surgically prepared less than three weeks ago. So, having Perkins backup Bortles is a smart move in case Goff has an issue on Saturday.
Perkins has been on the practice squad all season. He was signed in 2002 as an undrafted free agent from Virginia. Now, he is two injuries from playing at Lambeau Field in the playoffs.