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BREAKING: Los Angeles Rams Make Move with Former UGA Football QB Stetson Bennett

September 13, 2023

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ATHENS - The Los Angeles Rams have placed former UGA Football QB Stetson Bennett on the reserve/NFI list. 

"Out of respect for him and the situation, I'm going to leave all the specifics and particulars in-house," Rams coach Sean McVay said Wednesday. "And I want to be able to do that out of respect for that situation, so I'm not going to really have any follow-up information or anything that I'll give in that regards." 

Without Bennett, the Rams still have just +1000 odds to win the NFC West according to FanDuel.

The move means Bennett won’t be on the franchise’s active roster, and he will miss a minimum of four games. NFI stands for Non-Football Injury or Illness. The NFL says the designation can be “used for players who suffered injuries or ailments outside of NFL activities.”

The Rams entered the season with only two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster - Bennett and former UGA Football QB Matthew Stafford. Former Boise State QB Brett Rypien is listed as the No. 3 QB for the Rams on their so-called “unofficial depth chart.”

A former walk-on from Pierce County, Bennett joined the Bulldogs in 2017 for Kirby Smart’s first trip to the College Football Playoff. That was his first season at UGA. After transferring and then returning to Georgia, Bennett was briefly the program’s starting quarterback before being injured against the Gators in 2020. 

He stepped back into the starting role after JT Daniels could not play due to injury in the Dawgs’ top-ten matchup against Arkansas in 2021. Bennett started every game from that point forward in his career - losing only once from that point on. He and the Dawgs avenged that loss with the historic 33-18 win over Nick Saban’s Alabama team in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in January of 2022. 

Bennett and the Dawgs slammed TCU 65-7 to win the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in January. It is the most lopsided bowl game in the history of college football. The game stamped Bennett as one of the all-time great Bulldogs. 

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