Rams’ Matthew Stafford is battling severe tendinitis in his throwing arm. The pain could last through the 2022 season.

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 Injections 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 tendinitis 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 a few games after that if we get that opportunity.

An orthopedic medical professional told CBS Sports that if Stafford is indeed diagnosed with tendinitis, the injury could be difficult to treat, and it will be important to rest his arm as much as possible before the season. Do it. It’s very possible, even if the pain subsides, that it can flare up again and again throughout the season. At that point, it will be a matter of enduring the pain while Stafford throws, if he continues to play. Repeated injections, it should be noted, can eventually weaken the tendon.

Stafford wasn’t limited in practice when the Rams first opened camp, and he resumed at least some throwing Thursday, but McVay was careful not to work the QB too much, citing Stafford’s illness. .Unusual for a quarterback“And compare that to the problems faced by MLB pitchers. 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.