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Sidelined quarterbacks cause NFL ripple effect

Sidelined quarterbacks cause NFL ripple effect

Three of the NFL’s most compelling stories this season involve quarterbacks who haven’t taken a snap.

There’s Jared Goff of the Rams, the No. 1 overall pick conspicuously missing from the parade of rookie quarterbacks who already have started games. There’s no indication he’ll be more than a spectator Sunday when the Rams play the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium.

Two other quarterbacks, Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and Dallas’ Tony Romo, have had a more significant impact. Both injured before the regular season, they are boulders plunked into a pond, sending ripples that in Bridgewater’s case have extended beyond...