Matthew Stafford starts throwing at camp, with a “fluid process” for managing his elbow

Super Bowl Champion LA Rams hold mini-camp
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The defending Super Bowl champions returned to work on Sunday with one significant question mark regarding their franchise quarterback’s most important appendage — his throwing arm.

An elbow issue lingered in the offseason, at one point requiring an anti-inflammatory shot.

Now that camp has started, Stafford has started throwing.

“Definitely knocking some rust off and feeling it again,” Stafford told reporters on Sunday. “It’s good to get out there and stress it a little bit and see how it reacts.”

As to whether there’s a specific formula he’ll follow when it comes to throwing, Stafford acknowledged that “there’s a little bit of something that we have down on paper, but it’ll be fluid I’m sure.”

“It’s an interesting thing trying to have a little bit of governor on there, and at the same time, just trying to be as smart as I can,” Stafford added. “It’s a process. Just going to have to sit there and work through it, trust it. We’ll figure it out as we go.”

Coach Sean McVay told reporters that there’s a “pitch count” for Stafford, but that “it didn’t restrict him from being able to do anything [on Sunday].”

There’s no reason to think that the elbow will be a problem, other than the fact that it has been a problem in the not-too-distant past. The elbow is a critical part of the throwing apparatus, obviously. Irritation, if it returns, will require further treatment and management. It’s a long season. Stafford has made a career out of finding a way to play through anything and everything.

Still, it would be better for him and the Rams if the elbow ends up being nothing, for as long as possible.

7 responses to “Matthew Stafford starts throwing at camp, with a “fluid process” for managing his elbow

  1. Pick 6 Stafford just proved too much credit is given to QBs in team wins. Did nothing for years in Detroit, goes to a stacked Rams team and walla, SB winner. And now people are talking HOF, what a joke.

  2. Nothing in Detroit? He was an elite QB in Detroit. They just lacked talent.

    He is no doubt a HOF.

  3. nite2al says:
    July 25, 2022 at 4:15 am
    Pick 6 Stafford just proved too much credit is given to QBs in team wins. Did nothing for years in Detroit, goes to a stacked Rams team and walla, SB winner. And now people are talking HOF, what a joke.

    look, he was NEVER the issue here. yes, there were times where he needed to be better, but the org simply wasn’t run well during his time here. he has varying levels of talent around him , and on defense over his career and as such he was up and down as the was stuck in neutral.

  4. Staff is a good QB, not a great QB. He was always in that Big-Ben / Matt Ryan bracket.
    The Rams did what most LA teams do, buy a team and push the chips all-in for a 2-4 year window.
    I mean, was anyone surprised at all when LeBron went to the Lakers? NFL/NBA have lost their souls, it’s all just money and players trying to brand themselves these days…

  5. Here’s hoping for a smooth path to full strength. The elite arm of Matthew Stafford has been an NFL joy since 2009. Go Matthew Stafford, Go Rams!!

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