Rams placing rookie QB Stetson Bennett on non-football injury list; not related to shoulder

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Rams are placing backup quarterback Stetson Bennett on the non-football injury list, coach Sean McVay said on Wednesday.

The designation is not related to the shoulder injury Bennett was dealing with that had bothered him for a couple of weeks and landed him on the first injury report of the season, said McVay.

“Out of respect for him and the situation, I’m going to leave all of those specifics and particulars in-house. Want to be able to do that out of respect for that situation,” McVay said.

“I’m not going to really have any follow-up information or anything that I’ll give in that regard … That’s all I’m going to say, and I really hope that you can please respect my wishes in regard to keeping that in-house. I understand you have a job to do, but there are certain things that are a lot bigger and more important. Out of respect for the particulars and the specifics, want to be able to keep it in-house and that’s where I’d like to leave it, please.”

The Rams drafted Bennett out of Georgia in the fourth round this spring, with the intent to develop him into their long-term backup quarterback. He started two of the Rams’ three preseason games, but the Rams listed him on the injury report as the season began and signed Brett Rypien to their practice squad. Rypien was elevated to the backup position on the official roster ahead of Sunday’s win at Seattle.

Players who are designated to the NFI list have experienced a situation (often an injury, but McVay ruled this out with Bennett) away from the facility, so would not be placed on injured reserve.

McVay said he has met with Bennett and spoken with him.

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