Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay says Matthew Stafford’s elbow pain is ‘abnormal for a quarterback’

IRVINE, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay called quarterback Matthew Stafford’s right elbow soreness “a little abnormal for a quarterback,” comparing it to what pitchers face.

Stafford, who dealt with an elbow injury last season, received an injection in his right elbow during the offseason. He didn’t pitch during spring training for the Rams, saying he and the team were trying to be smart with his throwing arm.

Stafford pitched during individual and 7-on-7 drills Thursday, but did not participate in team reps. McVay said earlier in the week that he doesn’t expect Stafford to do it before the Rams leave Irvine on Aug. 10.

McVay said the Rams’ coaching staff and Stafford “tried a few things this offseason” with the goal of relieving some of the pain in his elbow. McVay said going into camp the Rams knew they wanted to have a “modified approach and progressive build.”

“Could you do it? Yes,” McVay said. “Is that for the best? We didn’t think so. And I think I have a responsibility to try to make decisions that are in the best alignment by using medical experts and talking to Matthew. And all of those things combined led to where we are now. And it’s a ever-evolving process, but we’re really taking charge of the next two weeks, seeing how it goes.

McVay said Wednesday that Stafford’s pain is not a setback, but rather “consistent with what he’s been going through.”

“[You] I want to try and get him operated on as pain-free as possible,” McVay said. “I think any time you’ve played this long and you’re as tough as him, I don’t know if you ever really feel pain. free, but the goal would be for September 8th and really looking towards 17 games and hopefully a few games after that if we win that opportunity.

“That’s the overall perspective and approach that we want to be able to take. I don’t know if I’d be as comfortable taking that approach if it wasn’t for the experience that he’s built up and knowing how intentional it is to keep up with his mental and physical work that can do in the absence of some of the things in the computer setup.

McVay said he thought Stafford “looked really good” during practice Thursday.

“Even on the routes in the air, on the types of pitches where you really see every part of the field being activated, that’s a really good thing,” McVay said. “And I’ve definitely seen an improvement. I was making those kinds of pitches before, but being able to do it smart is something we’re really looking for.”

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