Rams coach Sean McVay announced Tuesday that Matthew Stafford will not participate in team drills at this time. This raised concerns about the quarterback’s elbow problem.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport provided more clarity, reporting that Stafford is struggling with “bad tendonitis.”
Stafford had a procedure this offseason, which had previously been reported, but Rapoport called it platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The quarterback also briefly wore a brace to limit his range of motion while healing. He didn’t pitch during off-season practices, but he obviously still faces the problem in training camp.
Rams coach Sean McVay played down Stafford’s absence from team drills, saying rest was part of the plan.
“It’s consistent with what’s going on,” McVay said Wednesday. “It’s just more, when you really look at the totality of it, that you want to try and get him to operate with as little pain as possible. I think every time you’ve played this long and you’re as tough as him , I don’t know if you’re ever really pain free but the target would be for September 8th and really looking at 17 games so hopefully a few games after that if we deserve that opportunity. perspective and the holistic approach that we want to be able to take. I don’t know if I would feel as comfortable taking that approach if it weren’t for the experience he has accumulated and knowing how he’s intentional to stay on top of his mental and physical work that he can do in the absence of some of the things in the team settings.
Replacement John Wolford will take care of the starting representatives in Stafford’s absence.