Struggling Rams finally go to Goff
The Associated Press reported Tuesday t hat quarterback Jared Goff will make his NFL debut Sunday when the No. 1 overall draft pick starts for the Rams.
The Rams will host the Dolphins at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where fans chanted, “We want Goff!” two weeks ago during a loss to the Panthers.
The Rams have scored an NFL-worst 15.4 points per game. Veteran Case Keenum has started every game, passing for 2,169 yards with 11 interceptions and nine touchdowns.
In a 9-6 win over the Jets, the Rams failed to score a touchdown for the third time in nine games. Vikings cut Walsh: The Vikings cut struggling kicker Blair Walsh, two days after he missed his league-leading fourth extra point in a 26-20 loss to the Redskins.
Walsh was 12 of 16 on field-goal attempts and 15 of 19 on extra-point tries in nine games this season. The Vikings started the season 5-0 but have lost four straight games.
A contract agreement has been reached with Kai Forbath, one of six kickers the Vikings brought in for a tryout two weeks ago after a loss to the Lions in which Walsh missed an extrapoint attempt and had a field-goal try blocked. Romo backs Prescott: Tony Romo said Dak Prescott has “earned the right” to take his job as the Cowboys starting quarterback.
In a five-minute prepared statement, a solemn Romo, who broke a bone in his back during the pre- season, described the difficulty of dealing with the latest injury to sideline him. He did not take questions after his statement.
With Prescott leading the way, the Cowboys (8-1) have the best record in the NFL after tying a franchise season record with eight straight wins. Romo, who hasn’t been active for a game since Thanksgiving, is expected to be Prescott’s backup Sunday at home against the Ravens. Extra points: Panthers QB Cam Newton said players are “owed” the opportunity to celebrate after big plays. The reigning MVP said “the league has to understand it’s entertaining to see that.” ... 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is standing behind his decision not to vote in the presidential election or even register to take part in the democratic process, saying he can affect change in other ways besides through a ballot. ... The Cardinals have switched punters, re- signing Drew Butler and releasing Ryan Quigley. Butler was the Cardinals’ punter for the first three games of the season before injuring a calf. He was waived with an injury settlement and the team signed Quigley. ... Steelers DE Cam Heyward is out for the rest of the season after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Heyward posted a message on Instagram but did not go into specifics about the injury. ... Browns T Joe Thomas, Ravens G Marshal Yanda and Seahawks KR Tyler Lockett, AP All-Pro selections in 2015, are among the 32 finalists for the Art Rooney Award for sportsmanship. The winner of the award will be determined by a vote of current players.