Late in the fourth quarter of the contest, Goff took on the full brunt of a vicious hit from Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman on a 15-yard scramble that was called back due to a holding penalty. The result of the play ended his night as the team conducted the mandatory concussion protocol that is immediately put into effect after any hit that involves the head. Following the game, Goff reportedly didn't look to be hindered in any manner by the hit and several of teammates stated that he appeared to be fine.
Interim head coach John Fassel stated on Friday that he spoke to Goff and didn't appear to be too concerned about his status moving forward. However, Fassel is hoping that this could be a learning experience for his quarterback to better protect himself when he decides to scramble in the future.
"I think he was going for the touchdown. Without the experience of being a real runner, the defender got on him a lot faster than he anticipated," Fassel said. "I told Jared, from a quarterback perspective, brains got to trump the brawns. As a rookie quarterback, he’ll learn to know when to maximize his yardage but then protect his body. A lot of respect for a really, really tough, competitive kid. It’ll be a good learning experience for him.”
This isn't the first time this season that Goff has taken on a huge hit from the opposing team. During the fourth quarter of last Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, he scored his first career rushing touchdown on a two-yard run but was smacked between two defenders at the goal line.
The lack of awareness from Goff when he decides to run should warrant some concern as he has taken some brutal hits that have the potential to cause major injuries. The Rams have put major stock in the 2016 first overall pick to be their quarterback of the future, and if he continues to get hit in that fashion those aspirations could quickly go down the drain.
That said, Fassel is confident that Goff should be able to get through the concussion protocol and take the field on Christmas Eve against the San Francisco 49ers back at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
"There will be treatments Saturday and Sunday morning. Then when we come back Monday, we’re going to treat it like our normal week Tuesday," Fassel said. "So, he’ll get three more days to get treated and become assessed, and we’ll probably make a decision from there where he’s at, how much he’ll be able to do in practice. By then, we’ll probably have a better idea of how close he’ll be to playing in the game.”