Rams coach Sean McVay announced on Wednesday Matthew Stafford would not participate in team exercises at this time. A report released earlier on Thursday provided more clarity, saying Stafford is dealing with “bad tendonitis.”
McVay wouldn’t confirm that Stafford has tendonitis, but his explanation for the injury likely won’t assuage Rams fans’ concern.
“It’s kind of abnormal for a quarterback, some of these things are things that MLB pitchers deal with, so it’s something that we kind of learn on the fly and his comments,” said McVay on Thursday, via a team transcript. “We’re really trying to figure out, ‘OK, how do we put together the best plan to try to minimize some of the things that he had to push through’, while giving him the confidence that ‘Hey, I can really, let it go, don’t don’t have to worry about it, play to the best of my abilities.
“The goal is to try to make it feel as good as possible, especially when you talk about something with that nudge, and that’s the plan we feel best on, but it’s something that I’ve never navigated through as a coach with a quarterback. You’ve had little nudges here and there, but that’s something that we want to be as smart as possible, and he has took a big team to try to do it.
Stafford had a procedure this offseason, which NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said was platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The quarterback also briefly wore a brace to limit his range of motion while healing. He didn’t pitch during off-season practices, but he obviously still faces the problem in training camp.
McVay said Stafford “tried a few things in the offseason” in an attempt to dull some of the pain. They are now deliberate in not overloading his arm.
McVay reports that Stafford is “feeling good” and making progress.
“It’s really fair to have enough time to leave this rehab program that we’ve put in place,” McVay said. “I think he feels stronger. He feels better. But the one thing with Matthew is you really have to take it away from him because he’s such a competitor. I’ve seen encouraging things, but I think it’ll probably give us a better idea within a week, two weeks, to really say, ‘OK, is this getting the results we want? And then, are we going to start taking a load back normal working hours or what does it really look like before September 8th?
Stafford pitched in individual 7-on-7 drills Thursday, but he’s not expected to pitch in team drills until the Rams leave Irvine on Aug. 10.