Quarterback Rams Matthew Stafford does not participate in team training, as he has problems with his throwing elbow. On Saturday, he met with journalists, and the issue of weapons was obviously the main topic. Stafford tried to make it a minor issue.
“I just have a little soreness,” Stafford said. “We are working on it. Today I felt pretty good. I thought it looked pretty good. Just trying to be smart with it and make me feel as good as I can feel in the first week while doing as many reps as possible.”
He said he had “general soreness” in his elbow. As to whether it happens after he quits or permanently, Stafford said: “I don’t know. It does not matter”.
Stafford called the situation “annoying at the moment, but I’m working on it.”
“We have a great plan,” said Stafford. “I feel stronger every time I come out here and quit. I don’t know if you guys were watching, I felt like I could do whatever throw I wanted tonight. I’m just trying to be smart when I have the opportunity to be sure that I can get out here, break out, let it out like I did today, and get out of there.”
He said that one Saturday his hand “felt good. . . felt good.”
Stafford is not attached to labels, including a baseball injury.
“I don’t know if it’s an injury in baseball or football,” Stafford said. “Currently I play football and this is about a footballer, so I think it is a football injury at the moment. I don’t really care too much about what it’s called, whether it’s abnormal or not, or anything like that. I’m worried about today here. What did I feel? Let’s keep progressing and getting better.”
Otherwise, Stafford said the right and predictable things. He has always been tough and resilient. This is amazing. And that makes him reluctant to admit that something might be wrong.
However, he was surprisingly candid when asked if the injury was related to the longevity of his career, which dates back to 2009.
“I won’t go into the details of how we got to this point,” said Stafford. “I don’t think it’s the only reason, but I’m sure it contributes to it. Any time you put your arm under as much stress as I have over the years, I’m sure it won’t be like your elbow. It’s not one of those things that . . . the more I throw, the worse it will be. It’s sort of a balancing act at the moment.”
The Rams struck a balance by keeping him out of team practice but allowing him into individual practice. Whether that balance will work out after the start of the season remains to be seen.