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Friday, January 15, 2021 1:00 am

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Goff is named starter for Rams

Associated Press

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Quarterback Jared Goff will start the Los Angeles Rams' playoff game at Green Bay on Saturday, and John Wolford will be inactive.

Coach Sean McVay announced his decision Thursday ahead of the final workout for the Rams (11-6) before they travel to face the top-seeded Packers (13-3) at Lambeau Field.

Wolford started the Rams' last two games, but the second-year pro was injured early in Los Angeles' 30-20 win at Seattle last Saturday. Wolford sustained a neck stinger after a hit from the Seahawks' Jamal Adams, and he hasn't practiced this week.

Goff has been the Rams' starter for the past 41/2 years, but he sat out their regular-season finale after breaking his right thumb, missing a game due to injury for the first time in his career.

Stefanski back with Browns

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski doesn't plan a trip downstairs to his basement anytime soon.

“Those walls were closing in on me,” he said.

Stefanski returned to the team's facility Thursday, 10 days after the first-year coach tested positive for COVID-19 and he was forced to miss Cleveland's playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Stefanski will make his playoff debut on the sideline this week when the Browns play the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Extra points

Detroit agreed to terms with Brad Holmes  to be their general manager. Holmes led the Rams' college scouting department for eight years and started his 18-year career with them as a public relations intern in 2003. Holmes will oversee the Lions' football operations and report directly to Lions principal owner and chairman Sheila Ford Hamp and Lions president and CEO Rod Wood....

Pittsburgh's playoff flameout cost offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and two assistants their jobs. The team announced it would not renew the contracts of Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett, and secondary coach Tom Bradley following a 48-37 loss to Cleveland on Sunday night. ...

The New York Jets completed their in-person second interview with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith as their search for a head coach continues. Smith had a remote meeting with the Jets on Monday....

Carolina announced it has offered their general manager position to Seattle vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer. It is unclear whether or not Fitterer plans to accept the position as negotiations were ongoing. Fitterer has been with the Seahawks since 2001, where he effectively operated as a co-assistant GM under John Schneider. If he accepts the position, Fitterer is expected to have final say in personnel decisions in Carolina, although coach Matt Rhule will still have an input.

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