Bryce Perkins Nov 20, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Bryce Perkins (16) looks to throw in the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

When the Los Angeles Rams take on the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, it won’t be a showdown between Matthew Stafford and Patrick Mahomes. Instead, Mahomes will be going head-to-head against Bryce Perkins, who is starting at quarterback for the Rams.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported that Perkins would be taking first-team rep for the Rams in practice under the assumption that he could play if Stafford and backup John Wolford were unable to go due to injuries.

Both other quarterbacks are dealing with neck injuries, which meant that the team was considering looking to the undrafted free agent out of Virginia for his first NFL start.

Later on Wednesday, Rapoport confirmed that Stafford will not play and that Perkins is getting the start.

The 25-year-old played in last Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, going 6-of-11 for 61 yards.

Unfortunately for Stafford, it sounds like it’s entirely possible that the Rams could shut him down for the season after he entered concussion protocol, though the team is referring to it as a “neck issue.”

Perkins has been with the Rams since 2020 when he signed as a UDFA. He did not play in his first two seasons with the team, shifting back and forth from the practice squad to the active roster.

The NFL world had some strong reactions to the news that Perkins would get his first NFL start on Sunday.

[Ian Rapoport, Jourdan Rodrigue]

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