Jared Goff is one step closer to starting Saturday's Christmas Eve matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The Los Angeles Rams quarterback suffered a concussion in Week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks and spent the following week in the league's concussion protocol.
That changed on Wednesday when Goff was a full participant in practice.
The top pick in this year's draft is expected to make his sixth start of the season in Week 16 against San Francisco. On the season, Goff has thrown for 879 tards, four touchdowns and five interceptions for a quarterback rating of 65.7.
"You've seen him get better as the more snaps he's played," Chip Kelly said on Wednesday. "He throws a nice ball. It's catchable. He's very accurate when he has a chance to get his feet set. So obviously we need to disrupt the timing of the routes and try to get some pressure on him. When you give him time to throw, he's a very accurate thrower."
San Francisco's head coach added that Todd Gurley remains the centerpiece of the Rams offensive attack. The second-year running back has run for 778 yards and five touchdowns in 2016. The 49ers will look to replicate their Week one performance when the defense limited Gurley to just 47 yards on 17 carries.
It will be the 49ers first time seeing Goff as Case Keenum started for Los Angeles in San Francisco's 28-0 Week 1 blowout of the Rams. It's also possible that Sean Mannion, not Keenum, will be Goff's backup on Saturday.
"Mannion could be the No. 2," interim head coach John Fassel said of the second-year pro. "He's been sharp. He hasn't dressed since our first game of the season. It's a great quarterback room between Sean, Case and Jared and they all push and prepare each other. Should Sean get that call, I wouldn't be surprised if he was prepared."