Rams coach Sean McVeigh said on Tuesday that Matthew Stafford will not participate in team training at the moment. This raised concerns about the quarterback’s elbow problem.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media provided more clarity, reporting that Stafford was dealing with “severe tendonitis“.
This off-season, Stafford had a previously reported procedure, but Rapoport called it platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. The quarterback also briefly wore a brace to limit range of motion during treatment. He didn’t quit during off-season training, but he’s apparently still dealing with the issue in training camp.
Rams coach Sean McVeigh downplayed Stafford’s absence from team practice, saying rest was part of the plan.
“It’s consistent with what’s going on,” McVeigh said on Wednesday. “It’s just more when you really look at it as a whole, want to try to make sure he operates on as little pain as possible. I think every time you’ve played this long and been as cool as him, I don’t know if you’re truly pain free, but the target would have been September 8th and really hope for 17 games then hopefully. a few games after that, if we earn that opportunity. This is the kind of perspective and general approach that we want to take. I don’t know if I would feel as comfortable taking this approach if it weren’t for the experience he has gained and the knowledge of how deliberately he tries to keep up with the mental and physical work he can do in his absence. some things in the team settings.
Backup John Woolford will handle starting representatives in Stafford’s absence.