Matthew Stafford’s ‘baseball injury’ baffles LA Rams

If he had not decided to devote himself to football, the Rams defender Matthew Stafford could be a better baseball player.

Now Stafford and the reigning Super Bowl champions are trying to solve an elbow problem more closely associated with pitchers.

Stafford is suffering from tendonitis, a person with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday. The man requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

Sheep struggle to deal with lingering pain in Stafford’s elbow, raising more questions than answers as they gear up for their September gig. eight rookie vs. Buffalo Bills — and a bid to become the first team in nearly two decades to win back-to-back championships.

“It’s a tough deal,” coach Sean McVeigh said after practice on Thursday, adding, “It’s a little crazy for a quarterback. You know some of these things are what MLB pitchers deal with and so we learn about it on the fly.”

Asked if Thursday’s report that Stafford was suffering from tendinitis was accurate, McVeigh neither confirmed nor denied.

“I don’t know what you would actually call it,” he said. “I just know the elbow problem.”

Stafford, 34, looked great during his limited job Thursday at the University of California, Irvine. During a seven-on-seven practice, he stepped back and passed 50 yards to a receiver. Tutu Atwell.

Such a game, no doubt, made McVeigh breathe a sigh of relief. His veteran quarterback looked as even and strong as he had last season when he led the Rams to victory. Winning the Super Bowl.

But one long pass is not a long game for Stafford, McVeigh and a team trying to repeat.

Last season, Stafford endured pain in his hand and still threw 41 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. A month after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, the Rams granted Stafford an extension that included $120 million in guarantees.

    Rams quarterback John Woolford takes part in practice as Bryce Perkins (16) watches.

John Woolford and Bryce Perkins (16) are the Rams’ best quarterbacks since Matthew Stafford.

(Jae K. Hong/Associated Press)

Stafford received elbow injection during the off-season and did not throw any passes during organized team practices in the spring.

He told reporters last week that his hand was “getting better” and that he “was exactly where I want to be and just keeps feeling better. Get stronger.”

But according to McVeigh, the pain in the elbow persists.

“In the off-season, we tried something you want to look at, some of the different treatments that we tried, and I don’t know if they gave different results than we were hoping for,” McVeigh said. “But I think we were hoping that some of the pain would be relieved – and that’s really the goal.”

In 2018 and 2019, McVeigh tried to fix running back star Todd Gurley’s knee problem, but this is a first for a Rams coach in his sixth year.

“That’s something I’ve never experienced as a coach with a quarterback.”

After Stafford snapped some shots during team practice on Monday, McVeigh said the workload on the 14-year-old pro would be lessened. After Tuesday’s off day, Stafford didn’t pass on Wednesday, and McVeigh said the quarterback won’t be participating in team practice, at least until the Rams return to their base in Thousand Oaks later next week. .

But Stafford participated in individual training on Thursday.

“He’s in rehab every single day,” McVeigh said, “and then hopefully I’ll have some clarity that we’re getting the results we want, he’s feeling better and we’ll go see how our guy does.” this is”. his case in Sept. eight.’ “

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McVeigh said wide receiver Jacob Harris was out for a week or two with a groin strain. … Receiver Cooper Kupp participated in the first part of the workout but was let go in the last part, McVeigh said. … Outside linebacker Terrell Lewis was given the day off, McVeigh said.