Rams head coach Sean McVeigh made the announcement on Wednesday. Matthew Stafford will not participate in team training at the moment. A report released earlier on Thursday provided more clarity, indicating that Stafford was dealing with “severe tendonitis.”
McVeigh hasn’t confirmed that Stafford has tendinitis, but his explanation of the injury probably won’t reassure Rams fans.
“It’s a little out of the ordinary for a quarterback, some of these things are things that MLB pitchers deal with, so that’s something we learn on the fly and his feedback,” McVeigh said Thursday via transcript. team. “What we’re really trying to do is just figure out, ‘OK, how do we put together the best plan to try and minimize some of the things he’s had to push through’ and also give him the confidence that, ‘Hey, I can really just let it go, don’t worry about it, play to the best of your ability.”
“The goal is to try and make him feel as good as possible, especially when you’re talking about something with that throwing elbow, and that’s the plan we feel the best, but that’s something I’ve never done. as a coach with a quarterback. There were little elbows here and there, but that’s something we want to do as smart as possible, and it took a big team to do that.”
This off-season, Stafford had a procedure that NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports included 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.
McVeigh said Stafford “tried a few things in the off-season” in an effort to ease the pain. Now they deliberately do not overload his hand.
McVeigh reports that Stafford is “feeling good” and making progress.
“It’s really just an opportunity to have enough time to allow this rehab program that we’ve put in place,” McVeigh said. “I think he feels stronger. He feels better. But there’s one thing about Matthew, and that’s that you have to really get that out of him, because he’s such a competitor. I’ve seen things that are encouraging, but I think this will give us a better idea, probably in a week, two weeks, to really just say, “Okay, is this getting the results we want? And then are we going to return to a normal workload or what does that really look like in the run-up to 9/8?”
Stafford threw during individual practice 7 on 7 on Thursday, but he is not expected to shoot during team practice before the Rams leave Irvine on August 10.