It’s laborious to know what irritates Matthew Stafford extra — soreness in his proper elbow, or questions from reporters about it.
The Rams quarterback on Saturday tried to place out the flames of concern that erupted this week when coach Sean McVay mentioned the 14th-year professional was working by means of a situation that’s “abnormal” for a quarterback.
“I’m not too worried about what it’s called or whether its abnormal or not or whatever,” Stafford mentioned after observe at UC Irvine. “What I’m worried about here: How did I feel, let’s continue to progress and get better.”
Although Stafford described it as “a little soreness” and McVay once more mentioned he didn’t know the time period for what Stafford is working by means of, an individual with data of the state of affairs mentioned this week that Stafford is dealing with tendinitis.
Stafford performed by means of ache final season, handed for 41 touchdowns, and led the Rams to victory in Tremendous Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.
After the season he acquired a platelet-rich plasma injection in his arm. He additionally signed an extension that features $120 million in ensures.
Stafford didn’t throw passes throughout offseason exercises and the Rams try to handle his workload throughout coaching camp.
Does that qualify as a persistent situation?
“Oh no,” Stafford mentioned. “I’m just going through something that is irritating at the moment, but I’m working through it.
“We got a great plan, I’m feeling stronger every time I come out here and throw.”
On Saturday, Stafford appeared as if he was in excellent form, firing quick, midrange and lengthy passes throughout particular person drills and seven-on seven classes. He’s being held out of full-team drills.
“I felt like I could make any throw I wanted to,” he mentioned, including, “and just trying to be smart when I get those opportunities and make sure I can come out here, cut it loose, turn it loose like I did and go from there.”
McVay mentioned Stafford’s efficiency confirmed the Rams are “very much on track” with their plan to ensure that Stafford is prepared for the Sept. 8 opener towards the Buffalo Payments and past.
“The ball was jumping out of his hand, making all types of throws,” McVay mentioned. “I think he was trying to show [reporters] that, you know, probably not many questions you can ask him either based on how he felt and how he was throwing it around.”
Questions, in fact, stay about how Stafford will maintain up for a group that’s making an attempt to develop into the primary since 2004 to repeat as Tremendous Bowl champion.
Stafford tried to sound as if he had been stunned by the response to McVay’s “abnormal” remark earlier within the week. McVay additionally mentioned it was extra alongside the traces of an harm that main league baseball gamers take care of.
“It’s gotten a lot more traction than I would have thought,” Stafford mentioned, including, “But to be honest, it doesn’t really change my life any.
“I’m just sticking to the plan and trying to get to feeling as good as I can so I can go out there and play really good football all year.”
Throughout his 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Stafford suffered quite a few accidents, together with arm points. He has thrown greater than 7,000 passes in regular-season and playoff video games, based on Profootballreference.com. And that doesn’t depend hundreds of passes thrown in exercises.
“I’m not going to get too granular into how we got to this point,” he mentioned. “I don’t think that is the sole cause of it but I’m sure it contributes to it.
“Any time you put an arm through as much stress as I have over the years, it’s not going to look like [a reporter’s] elbow, but it’s not one of those things that the more I throw the worse it’s going to get. It’s just a balancing act at this point.”