When the Los Angeles Rams claimed Baker Mayfield off waivers on Tuesday, it was widely assumed that the former Carolina Panthers quarterback would not be available for the Rams' Thursday Night Football showdown against the Las Vegas Raiders due to the short turnaround.
Instead, things have taken a surprising turn regarding Mayfield's status for Week 14.
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NFL insider Tom Pelissero reports that Mayfield is expected to be active for Thursday night's game and has a legitimate chance of playing, as he's apparently prepared enough to be ready to lead LA's offense.
That the Rams are even considering playing Mayfield shows how desperate they are at quarterback. Matthew Stafford is on the IR with a spinal cord contusion that could potentially end his career, while backup QB John Wolford is questionable with a neck injury. That leaves third-string rookie Bryce Perkins and Mayfield, so head coach Sean McVay doesn't have a ton of options to choose from right now.
The Rams have fallen to 3-9 and are last in the NFC West after losing six straight games, and it's hard to envision Mayfield turning that around. The former No. 1 overall pick ranked as one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL during his time with the Panthers this year, completing a career-low 57.8% of his passes while throwing as many interceptions (6) as touchdowns.
Regardless of who lines up under center for Los Angeles, the Rams have a tough matchup against the surging Raiders ahead of them. LA is currently listed as a 6,5-point home underdog on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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