IRVINE, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said Matthew StaffordThe soreness in his right elbow is “a little out of the ordinary for a quarterback” compared to what pitchers deal with.
Stafford, who suffered an elbow injury last season, received an injection in his right elbow during the offseason. He didn’t throw during the Rams’ spring training, saying he and the team tried to be smart about his pitching arm.
Stafford threw in individual and 7-on-7 drills Thursday but did not participate in team drills. McVay said earlier this week that he doesn’t expect Stafford to do so before the Rams waive Irvin on Aug. 10.
McVay said the Rams’ training staff and Stafford “tried some things in the offseason” to ease the pain he was experiencing in his elbow. McVay said the Rams knew going into camp they wanted “a modified approach and a progressive build.”
“Could he do it? Yes,” McVay said. “Is it the best thing? We didn’t think so. And I think I have a responsibility to make the best decisions, with the help of the medical experts and talking to Matthew. So all of those things together have led to And it’s an ever-evolving process, but we’re really taking these next few weeks , watching how they will turn out.
McVay said Wednesday that Stafford’s pain is not a setback but “consistent with what’s going on.”
“[You] I want him to be operated on with as little pain as possible,” McVay said. “I think anytime you play as long and as tough as he is, I don’t know if you ever really get hurt. free, but the target would be September 8th. and we’re really looking forward to 17 games and then hopefully some games after that if we earn that opportunity.
“That’s the kind of perspective and the big picture we want to take. I don’t know if I would have felt as comfortable if it wasn’t for his experience and knowledge, how intentionally he tries to keep up with his mental and physical work that he can do when he’s not in some of the team settings.”
McVay said he thought Stafford “looked really good” during Thursday’s practice.
“It’s a really good thing, even on routes in the air, the types of throws where you can really see all parts of the field being activated,” McVay said. “So I’ve definitely seen an improvement. He’s made those shots before, but what we’re really looking for is to be able to do it smartly.”