IRVINE, Calif. – Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said quarterback Matthew Stafford’s right elbow pain was “a little bit unusual for a quarterback,” instead comparing it to what pitchers deal with.
Stafford, who sustained an elbow injury last season, received an injection in his right elbow during the offseason. He didn’t throw during the Rams’ spring training and said he and the team were trying to be smart with his throwing arm.
Stafford threw in individual and 7-on-7 practice Thursday but did not participate in the team replays. McVay said earlier in the week he doesn’t expect Stafford to do so before the Rams leave Irvine on August 10.
McVay said the Rams and Stafford athletic training staff “tried a few things over the off-season” to alleviate some of the pain he was feeling in his elbow. McVay said when the Rams went to camp they knew they wanted a “modified approach and progressive build.”
“Could he do it? Yes,” McVay said. “Is that for the best? We didn’t think so. And I feel I have a responsibility to try to make decisions that are most aligned using medical experts and talking to Matthew. And so all of these things together led to where we are right now. And it’s an ever-evolving process, but we’re really taking over the next few weeks and seeing how they go.
McVay said on Wednesday that Stafford’s pain was not a setback but was “consistent with what is going on with the 34-year-old”.
“[You] I want to try to get him operated on with as little pain as possible,” McVay said. “I think whenever you’ve played as long and as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’re ever really in pain. free but the target would be for 8th September and we would really look forward to 17 games then hopefully some games after that if we deserve that opportunity.
“That’s kind of a perspective and the overall approach that we want to take. I don’t know if I would be as comfortable with this approach if he hadn’t had the experience and how intentional he is about keeping up with his mental and physical work that he does in his absence can do some things in the team settings.
McVay said he thinks Stafford “looked really good” during Thursday’s practice session.
“Even on flight paths, on the types of throws where you really see all parts of the field activating, that’s a really good thing,” McVay said. “And so I’ve definitely seen an improvement. He’s made these types of shots before, but being able to just do it in a smart way is what we’re really looking for.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34348525/los-angeles-rams-coach-sean-mcvay-says-matthew-stafford-elbow-pain-abnormal-quarterback Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay says Matthew Stafford’s elbow pain ‘abnormal for a quarterback’