Matthew Stafford’s elbow has become a major source of stress for Los Angeles Rams fans.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the quarterback suffered from “bad tendonitis” in his right elbow that limited his throws in training camp. However, Sean McVay confirmed that this was not a new development that blindsided the team.
By Athletic’s Jourdan Rodriguethe Rams head coach said the only change was the team’s plan to deal with his pain.
Although McVay wouldn’t call Stafford’s tendonitis problem, he described the 34-year-old’s problem as “a tricky business” more common for an MLB pitcher than a quarterback. He said they were always learning more about his situation while trying to reduce his workload during camp.
“We really take it a week at a time, really a few weeks,” McVay said. “Don’t expect him to do anything within those team parameters for this block or the next three days, next week. Nothing has changed. … It’s part of the plan that we believe , is in his best interest.
McVay said he was more comfortable with this approach because of Stafford’s experience and “how intentional he is to stay on top of his mental and physical work.”
Stafford has played every game in 10 of the past 11 seasons since a surgical injury limited him to three games in 2010. He only ran out of time when he suffered a fractured tailbone midway through the season 2019.
Although Stafford doesn’t appear to be in imminent danger of starting 2022 on the shelf, his elbow is worth watching this summer.