Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay says Matthew Stafford’s elbow ache ‘irregular for a quarterback’

IRVINE, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay mentioned quarterback Matthew Stafford’s proper elbow ache is “a little bit abnormal for a quarterback,” evaluating it as an alternative to what pitchers cope with.

Stafford, who handled an elbow damage final season, obtained an injection in his proper elbow in the course of the offseason. He didn’t throw in the course of the Rams’ spring exercises, saying he and the group had been attempting to be sensible together with his throwing arm.

Stafford threw throughout particular person and 7-on-7 drills on Thursday however didn’t participate within the group reps. McVay mentioned earlier within the week that he would not anticipate Stafford to take action earlier than the Rams depart Irvine on Aug. 10.

McVay mentioned the Rams’ athletic coaching employees and Stafford “tried some things in the offseason” with the purpose of assuaging a few of the ache he was feeling in his elbow. McVay mentioned going into camp the Rams knew they wished to have a “modified approach and a progressive build.”

“Could he do it? Yes,” McVay mentioned. “Is that the best thing? We didn’t think so. And I think I’ve got a responsibility to try to make decisions that are in the best alignment using medical experts and talking with Matthew. And so all of those things combined led to where we’re at right now. And it is an ever-evolving process, but we are really taking over these next couple weeks, seeing how they go.”

McVay mentioned Wednesday that Stafford’s ache is not a setback however is “consistent with what’s been going on” with the 34-year-old.

“[You] want to try to have him operate in as little pain as possible,” McVay mentioned. “I think anytime that you’ve played as long and are as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’re ever truly pain-free, but the goal would be for Sept. 8 and really looking towards 17 games then hopefully some games after that if we earn that opportunity.

“That is type of the angle and the big-picture method that we wish to have the ability to take. I do not know that I might really feel as comfy taking that method if it wasn’t for the expertise that he is gathered and figuring out how intentional he’s about staying in control together with his psychological and his bodily work that he can do within the absence of a few of the stuff within the group settings.”

McVay said he thought Stafford “seemed actually good” during practice on Thursday.

“Even in routes on air, within the kinds of throws the place you are actually seeing all components of the sphere being activated, that is a very good factor,” McVay said. “And so I’ve undoubtedly seen enchancment. He was making these kinds of throws earlier than, however having the ability to simply do it in a sensible trend is type of what we’re actually looking out.”