Sean McVay calls Matthew Stafford’s elbow pain “a little bit abnormal” for a QB

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Rams coach Sean McVay announced Wednesday Matthew Stafford wouldn’t participate in team drills for now. A report earlier Thursday provided more clarity, indicating Stafford is dealing with “bad tendinitis.”

McVay wouldn’t confirm Stafford has tendinitis, but his explanation of the injury likely won’t temper the concern of Rams fans.

“It’s a little bit abnormal for a quarterback, some of this stuff is things that MLB pitchers deal with, so it is something that we’re kind of learning about on the fly and his feedback,” McVay said Thursday, via a transcript from the team. “We’re really trying to just figure out, ‘OK, how do we get the best plan in place to try to minimize some of the things that he was having to push through,’ while also giving him the confidence that, ‘Hey, I can really just, let it go, not have to worry about it, play to the best of my ability.’

“The goal is to try to get him to feel as good as possible, especially when you’re talking about something with that throwing elbow, and this is the plan that we feel best about, but it is something that I’ve never navigated through as a coach with a quarterback. You’ve had little elbow things here and there, but this is something that we want to be as smart as possible, and it’s taken a big team to try to do that.”

Stafford had a procedure this offseason, which Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports was platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The quarterback also wore a brace briefly to limit his range of motion while healing. He did not throw during the offseason workouts but obviously still is dealing with the issue into training camp.

McVay said Stafford “tried some things in the offseason” in an attempt to alleviate some of the pain. They now are being deliberate in not overtaxing his arm.

McVay reports that Stafford “feels good” and is making progress.

“It’s really just being able to have enough time to let this rehab program that we have implemented,” McVay said. “I think he feels stronger. He’s feeling better. But the one thing with Matthew is you’ve got to really pull it out of him because he’s such a competitor. I’ve seen things that are encouraging, but I think it’ll give us a better idea probably about a week, two weeks from now, to really just say, ‘OK, is this getting the results that we want? And then are we going to start going back to a normal workload or what does that really look like leading up to Sept. 8?’”

Stafford threw during individual 7-on-7 drills Thursday, but he is not expected to throw during team drills before the Rams leave Irvine on Aug. 10.

26 responses to “Sean McVay calls Matthew Stafford’s elbow pain “a little bit abnormal” for a QB

  1. beginning of the end. once a qb’s elbow starts to go, they’re never the same…

  2. The elbow pain will only get worse as the season goes along. I don’t think Stafford finishes the season.

  3. When you reach a certain age anything can affect your mobility at any time, especially if you’re a hanging-on athlete. I am so glad for Stafford he’s got a SB victory under his belt. There is not a more unselfish, deserving player. Class act all the way.

  4. This reminds me of when News started circulating about Peyton mannings neck injury. Everyone thought he would be ok but he never played for the colts again.

  5. Doesn’t sound good. I’m 41 and I own a construction company. Got bad elbows and shoulders. Only surgery will fix it…..if it even would. I get the kids out and throw football and play baseball with them. I’m obviously not a pro by any means (I am to them though) and I just can’t do it like I used to. My elbows swell up and I can barely lift things and get sharp pains. Sounds like Stafford and the rams have an issue on their hands.

  6. hmmm…. if it was bothering him all off-season and now they’re keeping him on the sidelines, I wonder just how much he has for the regular season

  7. Could be a tough year for the defending Super Bowl Champs.Does not sound good for Stafford.Good luck young man

  8. Makes you wonder if part of the problem stems from the different arm angles he throws at. Favre in his 30s had the same issues and again at the time it was called uncommon. Now I’m not saying this is the reason or the only reason I’m just wondering if it’s a contributing factor

  9. Hate to say it, but it sounds like Tommy John surgery may be needed. That’s a 20 week recovery, but better than not playing again. I’m actually surprised it’s not more common.

  10. Said it in yesterdays story about Stafford’s elbow pain. They are waiting until it gets closer to the season opener and Stafford will get a cortisone shot which will help within days. The thing is it reduces pain but doesn’t cure any underlying issues with the tendons. Best case scenario Stafford gets a couple shots and makes it through the season. Worst case scenario the shot allows Stafford to throw enough passes that the tendons in his elbow give out. Going to be a lot of finger crossing for Stafford, McVay and the Rams this year.

  11. as a baseball fan, elbow pain is synonymous with UCL damage. I hope that’s not the case because if it is, Staffor is done for the year, and quite possibly his career.

  12. I absolutely love the fact that he got the opportunity to win big after over a decade in Detroit, but let’s face it, not every QB is going to play well deeper into his 30s. Every player has an expiration date.

  13. If Stafford is still throwing during the 7 on 7 drills, his arm could be too bad. If it was really bad, he wouldn’t be throwing at all.

  14. Said it in yesterdays story about Stafford’s elbow pain. They are waiting until it gets closer to the season opener and Stafford will get a cortisone shot which will help within days.

    Didn’t work for Favre in 2000.

  15. touchback6 says:
    August 5, 2022 at 10:05 am
    Bye Bye Rams

    Another 1 year dynasty


    Stay classy

  16. Have fun with your 1-year rental. Not unlike the Broncos, who got 1.2387 solid seasons out of Peyton before his again body finally gave out, buying an established QB who’s on the back 9 is a true corner-cutting method to advancing your NFL agenda. You drafted Jared Goff….enuf said
    Staff has been sacked 415 times over the last 13 seasons…he’ll turn into a pumpkin around this Halloween, appropriately enough

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