Sean McVay calls Matthew Stafford’s elbow soreness “a little abnormal” for a QB – NBC Sports

NFL: AUG 01 Los Angeles Rams Training Camp

NFL: AUG 01 Los Angeles Rams Training Camp

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Rams coach Sean McVay announced Wednesday Matthew Stafford would not participate in team drills at this time. A report earlier Thursday provided more clarity, indicating that Stafford is dealing with “bad tendonitis.”

McVay would not confirm that Stafford has tendinitis, but his explanation of the injury is unlikely to ease the concern of Rams fans.

“It’s a little unusual for a quarterback, some of these things are things that MLB pitchers deal with, so it’s something that we’re kind of learning on the fly and his feedback,” McVay said Thursday, via a team transcript . “We’re really trying to figure out, ‘Okay, how do we come up with the best plan to try to minimize some of the things that he had to push through,’ while also giving him the confidence that, ‘Hey, I can really just, let it go, not having to worry about it, playing to the best of my ability.’

“The goal is to try to make him feel as good as possible, especially when you’re talking about something with that pitching elbow, and this is the plan we feel the best about, but it’s something I’ve never navigated. through as a coach with a quarterback. You’ve had little elbow issues here and there, but this is something we want to be as smart as possible, and it takes 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 during recovery. He didn’t throw during the offseason workouts but is obviously still dealing with the issue in training camp.

McVay said Stafford “tried some things in the offseason” to ease some of the pain. They now intend not to overload his arm.

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

“It’s really just being able to have enough time to allow for this rehabilitation program that we’ve put in place,” McVay said. “I think he feels stronger. He is doing better. But the one thing with Matthew is you have to really get it out of him because he’s such a competitor. I’ve seen things that are encouraging, but I think it’s going to give us a better idea probably about a week, two weeks from now, to really just say, ‘Okay, is this getting the results that we want? And then are we going to start going back to normal workload or what does that really look like before September 8th?’”

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.

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