Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay may opt to sit some of his starters for their regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.
The Rams secured the NFC West title after beating the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. However, they no longer have a shot at a first-round bye, which is why McVay has indicated that he might rest some players in order to be as fresh and as healthy as possible ahead of their upcoming playoff game.
“Every single game is important. But I think it will provide an opportunity for us to potentially get some guys healthier, rest them, give some other guys a chance to step up. How that affects the guys that are healthy that we want to be smart with is going to be determined as the week progresses. But it is one of those deals where I think you might see us rest some guys.”
Quarterback Jared Goff and star running back Todd Gurley are the obvious candidates to sit out Week 17, as well as veteran offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan. Meanwhile, inside linebackers Mark Barron and Alec Ogletree will also likely be rested in order to recuperate from their respective injuries.
The Rams are currently the third seed in the NFC and can drop no lower than fourth since they're division champions. They will retain the third seed if they beat the 49ers on Sunday. But if they lose to the Niners, either the New Orleans Saints or the Carolina Panthers can overtake them for third. Either way, the Rams will be at home for the Wild Card round.