Matthew Stafford’s ‘baseball damage’ perplexes L.A. Rams

Had he not chosen to dedicate himself to soccer, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford may need been a prime baseball prospect.

Now Stafford — and the defending Tremendous Bowl champions — are trying to work via an elbow difficulty extra carefully related to pitchers.

Stafford is coping with tendinitis, an individual with data of the state of affairs stated Thursday. The particular person requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the state of affairs.

The Rams try to handle Stafford’s lingering elbow ache, elevating extra questions than solutions as they put together for his or her Sept. 8 opener in opposition to the Buffalo Payments — and a bid to grow to be the primary workforce in almost 20 years to win back-to-back championships.

“It is a tricky deal,” coach Sean McVay stated Thursday after follow, including, “It’s a little bit abnormal for a quarterback. You know some of this stuff is things that MLB pitchers deal with and so it is something that we’re kind of learning about on the fly.”

Requested if a Thursday report that Stafford was affected by tendinitis was correct, McVay didn’t affirm or deny.

“I don’t know what you would really call it,” he stated. “I just know the elbow issue.”

Stafford, 34, appeared completely high quality throughout his restricted work Thursday at UC Irvine. Throughout a seven-on-seven drill, he dropped again and delivered a 50-yard cross to receiver Tutu Atwell.

That type of play little doubt triggered McVay to breathe a sigh of aid. His veteran quarterback appeared each bit as clean and robust as he did final season when he led the Rams to a Tremendous Bowl victory.

However one lengthy cross just isn’t the lengthy play for Stafford, McVay and a workforce trying to repeat.

Stafford performed via arm ache final season and nonetheless handed for 41 touchdowns, with 17 interceptions. A month after engineering a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Tremendous Bowl LVI, the Rams gave Stafford an extension that features $120 million in ensures.

John Wolford and Bryce Perkins (16) are the Rams’ prime backup quarterbacks to Matthew Stafford.

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Stafford acquired an injection in his elbow in the offseason and didn’t throw passes throughout organized-team exercise exercises throughout spring.

He instructed reporters final week that his arm was “coming along” and that he was “kind of right where I want to be, and just continue to get it feeling better. Get it stronger.”

However the elbow ache persists, in line with McVay.

“We tried some things in the offseason, however you want to look at, some of the different treatments that we had tried, and I don’t know that it got different results than what we had hoped,” McVay stated. “But I think we were hoping that some of the pain would have been alleviated — and that’s really the goal.”

In 2018 and 2019, McVay tried to handle star working again Todd Gurley’s knee difficulty however this can be a first for the Rams’ sixth-year coach.

“It is something I’ve never navigated through as a coach with a quarterback.”

After Stafford took restricted snaps throughout full-team drills Monday, McVay stated the 14th-year professional’s workload can be lessened. Following Tuesday’s off day, Stafford didn’t throw a cross on Wednesday, and McVay stated the quarterback can be held out of workforce drills till a minimum of when the Rams return to their Thousand Oaks facility late subsequent week.

However Stafford participated in particular person drills Thursday.

“He’s doing rehab every single day,” McVay stated, “and then, hopefully, I’ll have some clarity on, ‘All right, it’s getting the results that we want, he’s feeling better and we’ll go see our guy do his thing on Sept. 8.’ ”

And many others.

Receiver Jacob Harris might be sidelined for every week or two due to a groin pressure, McVay stated. … Receiver Cooper Kupp participated within the early a part of follow however was given the latter half off, McVay stated. … Outdoors linebacker Terrell Lewis was given a relaxation day, McVay stated.