Stetson Bennett’s mysterious Rams absence likely to stretch through entire season

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Head coach Sean McVay said the rookie quarterback isn’t likely to rejoin the team this season after being placed on the reserve/non-football injury list Sept. 13.“I’m not ready to say that he won’t be back with us at all this year, but it’s probably less likely than it is likely he would be.”

McVay said at the time he preferred to keep specifics of Bennett’s placement on the NFI list “in-house.” “There are certain things that I think are a little bit bigger and more important, and out of respect for the particulars and the specifics, (I) want to be able to keep it in-house,” McVay said Sept. 13, perQuarterback Stetson Bennett of the Rams passes against the Broncos in the first quarter of a preseason game at Empower Field at Mile High on Aug. 26, 2023.A little more than a week later, McVay said he didn’t want to put a timetable on Bennett’s potential return.

“Got a lot of love for Stetson,” the veteran signal-caller said last month. “Appreciate him as a teammate, and Brett and I will roll with it as we go on.”The Rams took a chance on Bennett — who two national titles at Georgia — by selecting him in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL Draft with the 128th overall pick.

Adding another Bulldog as a backup to Stafford, who’s also a Georgia product, seemed like a solid fit. However, Bennett hasn’t been available since Week 1 and the Rams’ backup quarterback situation is coming into play due to Stafford’s injury.(L-R) Rams quarterbacks Mathew Stafford #9, Stetson Bennett #13, and Brett Rypien #11 during the Los Angeles Rams’ training camp on August 3, 2023, at UC Irvine in Irvine, CA.McVay said Stafford is day-to-day with a ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right thumb and the Rams “have to get some contingency plans in order.

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