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Stafford says toe OK, not feeling playoff pressure

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1/14/2022 3:56:05 PM
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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford says his toe is doing OK and shouldn't impact him in Monday night's wild-card playoff game against the visiting Arizona Cardinals, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Stafford took a friendly dig at Aaron Rodgers during his weekly media session Thursday, a moment of levity amid weightier questions about the quarterback trying to win a playoff game for the first time in his 13-year NFL career.

Stafford said his toe was landed on awkwardly late last Sunday as the NFC West champion Rams lost 27-24 to the San Francisco 49ers.

"But it's doing OK," he said. "I'll be out there. I'll be good to go."

The Rodgers joke came when Stafford was asked whether his toe will impact how he steps into throws. The Green Bay Packers quarterback presented his bare foot to reporters during a Zoom session in November as proof he didn't have "COVID toe" but a fracture instead.

"No, I don't think so," Stafford said. "I think I should be feeling really good on Monday. I'd show it to you but I don't want to do that. That's for other guys to do. I'll keep my toes to myself in this one. But it's doing good. I should be all right."

The Rams listed Stafford as a full participant on Thursday, though that was an estimation as they held a walk-through.

Stafford was asked how much he feels as though he needs to prove himself, having not won a playoff game yet. He lost in all three of his appearances while with the Detroit Lions.

"Every time I step on the field I'm proving myself, whether it's a preseason game or a regular-season game, practice, a playoff game," he said. "I want to go out there and play well. This is just another opportunity to do that."

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