Matthew Stafford Underestimate his elbow injury after showing how little disability he has in practice with Los Angeles rams.
Stafford was widely involved in the Rams’ latest training at UC Irvine on Saturday, throwing deep ball and building chemistry with teammates in what was probably his most extensive act of training camp.
Next, Stafford said the condition of his right elbow was merely “annoying” and not a threat to his ability to lead the Super Bowl champions title defense.
“I’m just having a little soreness,” Stafford said. “We’re working through it. I felt so good today. I thought she looked so good. Just trying to be smart with her, and feel good as much as I feel I’m going to go into week one while still getting as many reps as I can too.” .”
Stafford developed elbow pain while leading the Rams to a championship in his first season with the team, and had an unspecified injection into his elbow during the break. He didn’t throw to the recipients in practice during the off-season program, but did participate in drills during camp despite a limited public schedule.
However, coach Sean McVeigh raised eyebrows on Thursday when he said Stafford’s injury was “abnormal” for the quarterback, likening it to the injuries often seen in baseball pitchers. Stafford again declined to go into details about his injury on Saturday, but said it was nothing he couldn’t handle.
“I’m just struggling with something annoying right now, but I’m working through it,” Stafford said. “We have a great plan. I feel stronger every time I get out here and shoot. I felt like I could do any throw I wanted today. I just try to be smart when I get these chances making sure I can get out here, cut it, and shoot like I did today.” And go from there.”
McVeigh noted that Stafford was making every throw during Saturday’s Rams workout. The coach doesn’t use any of his key players in pre-season, so Stafford’s first chance to show his arm in a game won’t happen until LA’s season opener on September 8 against Buffalo at SoFi Stadium.
“The way it looked today, I don’t think you’d know anything was going on,” McVeigh said. “He felt comfortable, so I know I’ll sleep better tonight.”
Stafford. 34, has 49,995 passing yards as he heads into his 14th season this fall, ranking 12th in NFL history and fourth among active quarterbacks. He agreed to extend the contract until 2026 during the holiday season, and has no public doubt that he will be able to carry it through and possibly beyond the term of his commitment to the Rams.
“Anytime you put your arm under the same amount of stress as it has over the years, I’m sure it won’t look like a[normal person]elbow,” Stafford said. “It’s not one of those things that…the more you throw, the worse things will get. It’s kind of a balancing act at this point.”
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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