Stave starts, gets hurt as Vikings beat Rams 27-25 in preseason finale

Stave starts, gets hurt as Vikings beat Rams 27-25 in preseason finale

Joel Stave’s effort to make the Minnesota Vikings roster may have taken a hit after the former University of Wisconsin quarterback left the last preseason game of the year with a hand injury.

Stave was 9 of 18 for 76 yards, with no touchdowns, no interceptions and was sacked twice in the Minnesota Vikings 27-25 win over the Los Angeles Rams Thursday in Minneapolis.

However, Stave may have suffered a concussion in the game, and it’s unclear how badly his hand was hurt in his last play of the game.

Rookie Jared Goff got his first start of the preseason for Los Angeles. His night featured two turnovers and one touchdown in the loss.

Goff played the whole first half, finishing 6 for 16 for 67 yards. The first overall pick in the draft capped the first drive with deft touch on a 1-yard scoring pass to Kenny Britt, but ugliness ensued.

The Rams punted on the next four possessions. Then Goff dropped a shotgun snap for a fumble at his 9-yard line, setting up the second field goal for the Vikings by Blair Walsh. A minute later, Justin Trattou tripped Goff’s pass at the line and defensive tackle Toby Johnson made a diving interception at the 28.

Jhurell Pressley turned a short throw by Brad Sorensen into a 28-yard touchdown reception on the next play. Pressley also returned a kickoff 106 yards for a score, and C.J. Ham carried 15 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. After each score, the Vikings showed off their new stadium by dimming the lights, blaring Prince’s hit “Let’s Go Crazy!” and flashing purple and gold bulbs around the ceiling.