Tuesday’s roundup: Goff steps in at QB for Rams
Thousand Oaks, Calif. — Quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, will start for the Rams on Sunday against the Dolphins, team officials announced Tuesday.
It will be the first game action for Goff, who has been the No. 2 quarterback behind Case Keenum for eight of nine games.
“He’s No. 2 and he’s a play away from playing,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. “He’s ready. He’s preparing.”
Rams fans chanted “We want Goff!” two weeks ago during a loss to the Panthers.
The Rams are averaging an NFL-worst 15.4 points.
Veteran Case Keenum has started every game, passing for 2,169 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The Rams couldn’t score a touchdown in last weekend’s 9-6 victory over the Jets, failing to reach the end zone for the third time in nine games.
Los Angeles traded several top draft picks to Tennessee in April to move up to draft Goff.
Goff, who turned 22 last month, was a three-year starter at California in a spread offense bearing little resemblance to the more pro-style schemes the Rams run. That additional learning curve persuaded Rams officials to be patient with Goff while Keenum got his first chance to be an NFL team’s Opening Day starter.
The Bills signed former Lions safety James Ihedigbo.
Ihedigbo started eight games for the Lions last season, with 63 tackles, one interception and three forced fumbles.
Ihedigbo has 332 tackles, nine sacks and eight interceptions in his career.
He also has played with the Jets, Patriots and Ravens.
To make room for Ihedigbo, the Bills released safety Duke Williams.
... Minnesota cut kicker Blair Walsh, two days after he missed his league-leading fourth extra point in a 26-20 loss to Washington last weekend.
The Vikings were expected to sign free agent Kai Forbath to take Walsh’s place.
... Tony Romo says Dak Prescott has “earned the right” to take his job as starting quarterback of the Cowboys.
Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward is out for the season after suffering an upper-body injury in last weekend’s loss to the Cowboys. Heyward posted a message on Instagram indicating he was done for the season, but did not go into specifics about the injury.
... Jets wide receiver Eric Decker had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. His wife tweeted a photo of her husband in his hospital bed and said the doctor told her “he did great.”
Cam Newton said NFL players are “owed” the opportunity to celebrate after big plays.
“The league has to understand it’s entertaining to see that,” Newton said.
... NFL officials have agreed to end a policy that prohibited the resale of tickets below face value.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the settlement between the league and several states.
... 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is standing behind his decision not to vote in the presidential election or register to take part in the process, saying he can effect change in other ways besides through a ballot.