Matthew Stafford downplays elbow issue that is keeping him out of team drills


Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford isn’t participating in team drills as he deals with an issue in his throwing elbow. He met with reporters on Saturday, and the arm issue obviously was a major topic. Stafford tried to make it a minor one.

“I just have a little soreness,” Stafford said. “We’re working through it. I felt pretty good today. I thought it looked pretty good. Just trying to be smart with it and make me feel as good as I can feel going into Week One while still getting as many reps as I can too.”

He said he has “general soreness” in the elbow. As to whether it happens after he throws or all the time, Stafford said, “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter.”

Stafford called the situation “irritating at the moment but I’m working through it.”

“We got a great plan,” Stafford said. “I’m feeling stronger every time I come out here and throw. I don’t know if you guys were watching, I felt like I could make any throw I wanted to today. I’m just trying to be smart when I get those opportunities to make sure I can come out here, cut it loose, turn it loose like I did today and go from there.”

He said that, one Saturday, his arm “felt fine . . . felt good.”

Stafford isn’t getting caught up in labels, incluing whether it’s a baseball injury.

“I don’t know if it’s a baseball or a football injury,” Stafford said. “I currently play football and it’s on a football player so I guess it’s a football injury at this point. I’m not really too worried about what it’s called or whether it’s abnormal or not, or whatever. I’m worried about here today. How did I feel? Let’s continue to progress and get better.”

Stafford otherwise said all the right and predictable things. He has always had a level of toughness and grit. It’s admirable. And it makes him not inclined to admit that anything may be wrong.

That said, he got surprisingly candid when asked whether the injury relates to the longevity of his career, which stretches back to 2009.

“I’m not going to get too granular into how we got to this point,” Stafford said. “I don’t think that is the sole cause of it, but I’m sure it contributes to it. Anytime you put an arm through as much stress as I have over the years, it’s not going to look like your elbow, I’m sure. It’s not one of those things that . . . the more I throw the worse it’s going to get. It’s kind of just a balancing act at this point.”

The Rams have struck the balance by keeping him out of team drills, while letting him throw in individual drills. Whether that balance works once the season starts remains to be seen.

16 responses to “Matthew Stafford downplays elbow issue that is keeping him out of team drills

  1. A starting QB who wins a Super Bowl has to endure 3 or 4 months of the “banquet circuit”. That entails dozens of dinners and autograph signing appearances.
    He has “Fork & Sharpie” elbow. A common ailment on the circuit.

  2. Sad to know that their Title defense is over before it began.

  3. This is going to be a big issue for the Rams this season. He’s already had a plasma treatment n it didn’t help or heal over the offseason. Once he starts throwing a lot and you get 3-4 weeks into the year that elbow is going to be on fire, reminds me of Big Bens issue in 2019. This is an issue that gets worse not better until it’s surgically repaired.

  4. Stafford is a pro in downplaying serious medical events that are happening right of front of him.

  5. footfan68 says:
    August 6, 2022 at 10:28 pm
    Nobody can beat the Rams. No story here

    Hard to beat the Rams when you’re playing against the refs as well. Just ask the Bengals. Refs made sure LA won.

  6. Even if it all goes south we still have 20-17 over Clara in the NFC Championship game and sending them home. Wear it Clara!

  7. McVay brought the concept of keeping 1st stringers out of preseason games.

    And although others have done it, he has been extreme is veterans resting during practice in regular season.

    Certainly Stanford’s elbow is not where it’s 100%, the amount of rest he is getting with Rams is probably more than he would get with any other team.
    McVay has been all about keeping vets healthy and available for 17 games and playoffs.

    Not sure that there is a great deal to worry about

  8. Stafford is tough and will play hurt. He will also grab his elbow after throwing an interception.

  9. Stafford has played through serious injury before and just like Brady will downplay an injury to stay on the field. Never liked Stafford but always admired how resilient he is.

  10. touchback6 says:
    August 6, 2022 at 9:28 pm
    Another legendary 1 year dynasty.
    Every team in the NFL would like to a one year dynasty by winning a Super Bowl.

  11. cowboysfan8369 says:
    Hard to beat the Rams when you’re playing against the refs as well. Just ask the Bengals. Refs made sure LA won.
    The refs stole the game from us – the ever present whine of fans on losing teams. The Bengals lost because they couldn’t cover Cooper Kupp and Joe Burrow couldn’t escape the Rams pass rush.

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