Rams coach Sean McVay announced Tuesday that Matthew Stafford would not participate in team drills for now. He has expressed concern about the quarterback’s elbow problem.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport has provided more clarity, reporting that Stafford is dealing with “bad tendinitis.”
Stafford had a procedure this offseason, which was previously reported, but Rapoport called it platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The quarterback also wore a brace briefly to limit his range of motion while he recovered. He didn’t pitch during offseason workouts, but he’s obviously still dealing with the problem in training camp.
Rams coach Sean McVay downplayed Stafford’s absence from team drills and said the bye is part of the plan.
“It’s consistent with what’s been going on,” McVay said Wednesday. “What’s more, when you really look at the whole thing, you want to try to have him operated on as painlessly as possible. I think whenever you’ve played this long and you’re as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’ll ever really be pain-free, but the target would be September 8th and really looking towards 17 games, so hopefully. a few games after that if we win that opportunity. That is the perspective and the general 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 he’s built up and knowing how intentional he is to keep up with the mental and physical work he can do in absentia. of some of the things in the team settings.”
Backup John Wolford will handle the initial representatives in Stafford’s absence.