Friday, September 21, 2018
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Rams finally turn over reins to Goff

LOS ANGELES — Quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, will start for the Rams on Sunday against the Dolphins, the team announced Tuesday.

It will be the first game action this season for Goff, who has been the No. 2 quarterback behind Case Keenum for eight of Los Angeles' nine games.

On Monday, coach Jeff Fisher said of Goff: "He's No. 2 and he's a play away from playing. He's ready. He's preparing."

The Rams ended a four-game losing streak by defeating the Jets on Sunday to improve to 4-5. But they have scored only two touchdowns in their past three games.

As he did after losses against the Giants and Panthers, Fisher adamantly maintained that Keenum was not the problem for an offense that ranks last in the NFL in scoring.

Keenum has nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His 76.7 passer rating ranks 30th in the NFL among 34 qualifying players.

The Rams traded with the Titans for the top pick in the draft, giving up six picks to move up 14 spots.

In other Rams news, defensive end Robert Quinn was released from the hospital a day after being admitted with an undisclosed medical condition.

ROMO BACKS ROOKIE: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott while recovering from a back injury, said the rookie has earned the gig. "Dak Prescott, and what he's done, he's earned the right to be our quarterback," Romo said in a prepared statement. "As hard as that is for me to say, he's earned that right. He's guided our team to an 8-1 record, and that's hard to do."

CAM WANTS FUN BACK: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said NFL players are "owed" the opportunity to celebrate after big plays. The reigning MVP said he has no idea if the NFL's sinking TV ratings are tied to the league's crackdown on celebrations, but he agrees with other players that they should be allowed to express themselves. "The league has to understand it's entertaining to see that," Newton said.

QB DEFENDS NO-VOTE: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stood behind his decision not to vote in the presidential election or even register to vote, saying he can effect change in ways besides through a ballot. "I thought a lot of different things about the process and what I could and couldn't do," Kaepernick said.

SEX TAPE: Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, is seeking to quash the distribution of a sex tape that was recorded several months ago while he was vacationing in Mexico, the Smoking Gun reported.

TICKET RESALES: The NFL agreed to end a policy that prohibited the resale of tickets at below face value in a legal settlement between the league and several states.

SEAHAWKS: In a surprise move, the team placed leading rusher Christine Michael on waivers. Michael has 117 carries for 469 yards and six touchdowns.

STEELERS: Defensive end Cam Heyward is out for the rest of the season after suffering an upper-body injury in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

VIKINGS: Kicker Blair Walsh was waived two days after he missed his league-leading fourth extra point. The team reached agreement with former Washington kicker Kai Forbath.

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