St. Louis Rams uncertain who will start at quarterback on Sunday

Case Keenum has yet to pass the concussion protocol, so the St. Louis Rams may turn back to Nick Foles to be the starting quarterback on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams concluded their practice session on Friday afternoon still uncertain whether Case Keenum or Nick Foles will be their starting quarterback on Sunday. 

“At this point Case has been limited in practice, we’ve got him listed as questionable, he’s not quite cleared the concussion protocol and unless we get good news tomorrow then Nick will be our starter,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “If he’s completely cleared and he feels good, then he’ll start. But as it is right now it’s looking like we’re going to potentially have to go with Nick, which is great — I’m so excited about Nick getting a chance to play. Then Case might be our third (quarterback) unless things get better tomorrow.”

The Rams (4-6) could play at the Cincinnati Bengals (8-2) on Sunday with Foles starting and then with rookie Sean Mannion active for the first time in his career. Or it could be just like last week, against the Baltimore Ravens, with Keenum starting and Foles as the backup. 

“There will be some more tests that are done tomorrow,” Fisher said. “We’re not going to subject him to any risk whatsoever.”

Fisher noted that Keenum and Foles split the practice reps this week while Keenum officially limited. Now they just have to wait to see whether Keenum passes the tests on Saturday. 

If not, Foles will get another chance just one game after being demoted from the starting spot. 

“He had a great week,” Fisher said. “He seized the opportunity and he had a great week this week. He loves the game plan and is ready to play. I think our offense understands where the challenges are — we need to score points — and Nick’s excited about the opportunity if he plays.”

In his nine starts, Foles completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards, with seven touchdowns and six interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 75.9. 

In Keenum’s one start, he completed 46.2 percent of his passes for 136 yards and one touchdown and a QB rating of 75.2. He also fumbled three times, losing two. 

Foles met with the media following Friday’s practice and said he’ll be ready to go if he is the starter on Sunday.

“I’ve been preparing the same I’ve always been,” Foles said. “If you’re going to play quarterback, you always have to prepare like you’re starting. Preparation hasn’t changed when I stepped back. So you’re always ready to go when your number is called.”

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