Matthew Stafford is not going to take part in crew apply in the interim

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Defense counsel’s question Matthew StaffordElbow discomfort continues to make things very uncomfortable in Rams training camp, even as coach Sean McVay tries to be half-hearted about the situation.

On Wednesday, McVay explained at the beginning of the news conference that Stafford will not participate in the team’s practice for the time being.

“It’s part of a plan that we believe is in his best interest,” McVay said. “So it’s a great opportunity John Wolford and Bryce [Perkins] to allow for many more repetitions than would otherwise be the case. Matthew will remain engaged, and that’s the plan we think is best right now.

McVay refused to call it a failure. But how can it be anything but a failure when the starting quarterback defends his Super Bowl title without participating in team drills in training camp?

“It’s consistent with what’s going on,” McVay said. “It’s just more, when you really look at the big picture, you want him to operate with as little pain as possible.” I think anytime you play as long and as tough as he is, I don’t know if you ever really get hurt, but the goal would be September 8th. that if we earn this opportunity. This is the kind of perspective and general approach we want to have. I don’t know that I would have felt so comfortable with that approach if it weren’t for his experience and knowing how intentionally he tries to keep up with the mental and physical work he can do in his absence. some things in team settings’.

How worried is McVay about this problem continuing into the regular season?

“You could [have that concern]McVay said. “I think it’s one of those things where we talk about, ‘Hey, all we can do is what we can control.’ We think this is the best way. Is there any chance of such a conversation happening? Of course. But based on the medical experts and the plan we talked to Matthew about, we think it’s best. I’m optimistic that this will give us the best chance to make him feel as good as possible. Would you say, “Hey, you’d love for him to have no problem and be here playing and doing all these reps.” Of course. But this is what we think is best. It’s one of those deals where you take your own advice, ‘Let’s be here, in the moment, take it one day at a time,’ and I thought we were a better team today and we were. I get happy things. I think you want to be careful about saying, “Okay, it’s only been a few days,” but I think for us to spend a week, two weeks on this, you have enough time to see… “Okay, is this new plan that we’ve put in place , gives results, are we looking for it”. I think everybody feels good about that, and that’s the plan we’re going to implement over the next few weeks.

McVay said he “doesn’t think” there is a scenario in which Stafford misses all team activities before the bye week against the Bills.

“Right now, we’ve actually said, we’re definitely going to do it in these few weeks before we get out of here, because we have a four-day block, and then three more days before you go back to [Cal Lutheran]McVay said. “So we’ve taken an approach that we’ll reassess once we get to the first pre-season game and then see where we’re at and update you accordingly.”

Obviously, Stafford would prefer not to.

“He wants to be out there and do everything,” McVay said, “but that’s where you have to say, ‘OK, let’s really take a step back.’ What do we think is the best way to follow your own advice and be as healthy and ready as possible for September 8th?” I definitely thought that would be best as a competitor. He will always want to continue to be here, to be with his teammates. But he’s so intentional in his approach that it makes you feel good. This is the situation we are in, so we will resolve it as best we can.

The bottom line? Stafford’s elbow, which prevented him from throwing during the offseason, remains an issue. For now, they are trying to find a way to get it ready to go without making it worse. It remains to be seen whether this approach will prepare him properly and whether a limited workload will worsen the situation.

Either way, this is definitely something to keep an eye on for the Rams. The road back to the Super Bowl becomes much more difficult if Stafford can’t throw the way he wants to, or if he ends up not being able to play at all.

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