Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl-winning quarterback Matthew Stafford did not participate in Wednesday’s practice as he continues to deal with an elbow problem that has limited his offseason work.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday Inside Training Camp Live that Stafford is dealing with what is being described as “bad tendinitis”.
“I understand, this elbow problem, which actually occurred in the spring, is described to me as bad tendinitis,” Rapoport said. “It’s a tendon issue in his elbow. [He] he had a little procedure — not a surgery, but a procedure — more of a PRP-type deal in the offseason to try to manage it. It hasn’t gotten to a place where it really needs it. I think in the long run, everybody in Los Angeles thinks this is going to be OK. I don’t feel any stress about it, but he is a strategist. It’s a throwing arm. Obviously, something to watch out for in the future.”
Stafford did not throw during the Rams’ spring practice and had limited reps earlier this week.
Coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that Stafford had not suffered a setback and that the rest period was part of the team’s “plan.”
“No, it’s consistent with what’s going on,” McVay said, via the team’s transcript. “It’s just that when you really look at his total, you want to try to get him to do as little surgery as possible. I think anytime you’ve played as long and you’re as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’re ever really pain free, but the goal would be for September 8th and you’re really looking at 17 games, and hopefully there will be some games after that, if we win this opportunity.
“That’s the perspective and the big picture approach that we want to have. I don’t know that I would be as comfortable taking this approach if it weren’t for the experience he has built up and knowing how intentional he is about keeping up to speed with his mental and physical work that he can do in the absence of some of the things in the settings. team’s.”
Stafford is not expected to work in team drills the rest of this week or next week, according to McVay. Backup John Wolford will handle the initial replays.
It’s always a concern any time a quarterback deals with arm issues. But Stafford has struggled with soreness in the past, so it’s unclear at this stage how much concern there should be with the signal caller.
The team believes the plan to take it easy on the QB during camp will give him the best chance to be ready for the regular season.
“I’m optimistic that he’ll give us the best opportunity to feel as good as possible,” McVay said. “Would you say, ‘Hey, would you like him to have no problem and be out here playing and getting all these reps?’ Of course, but that’s what we think is best.”
“This is one of those deals where you take your own advice, where, ‘Hey, let’s be here right now, take it one day at a time,’ and I thought we got better as a team today, and I’m getting some encouraging things. I think that you want to be careful to say, ‘Okay, it’s only been a couple of days,’ but I think for us to actually be able to give it a week, two weeks, that’s the point that you’re giving is enough time to really see…” OK, this new plan that we put in place to get the results, they’ve been chasing it.”