Rams’ Matthew Stafford battling serious tendinitis in throwing arm, could be limited for Week 1, per report

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When Matthew Stafford tries to repeat as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in 2022, he can do so by barely throwing the ball the entire offseason. after the Injection for arm pain And after not throwing a pass during spring practice, the Rams star was limited in practice that resumed Wednesday, and coach Sean McVay told reporters that Stafford would not be a full participant for the remainder of training camp. That’s because the QB is battling severe elbow tendonitis in his throwing arm. According to NFL Media.

Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that “Stafford underwent a minor procedure after developing soreness in the spring,” but his elbow “isn’t where it needs to be.” The Rams aren’t overly concerned about Stafford’s long-term health, per the report, but even McVay has suggested the QB won’t be pain-free until the start of Los Angeles’ 2022 season.

“When you really look at the totality of it, it’s just more, (we) want to try to get him operated on as minimally as possible,” the coach said this week. “I think anytime you’ve played as long and as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’re really pain-free, but the goal will be Sept. 8 and really looking at 17 games, then Hopefully some games after that if we get that opportunity.

When the Rams first opened camp, Stafford was not limited to practice, but McVay revealed a few days later that the QB was still battling injuries and his workload would be reduced. The coach previously indicated that Stafford would be on a “pitch count” during the summer, in order to keep the reigning champion healthy.

The Rams begin their three-game preseason schedule in August. 13. It’s unlikely that Stafford, who signed a four-year, $160 million extension with LA this offseason, will take any snaps before the team’s Week 1 matchup with the Bulls.