Rams QB Matthew Stafford isn’t overly concerned about elbow soreness

It’s hard to figure out what’s annoying Matthew Stafford more – soreness in the right elbow or journalists’ questions about it.

The Rams quarterback on Saturday tried to put out the flames of anxiety that flared up this week when the coach Sean McVey said the 14-year-old professional worked in conditions that “abnormal” for a quarterback.

“I’m not too worried about what it’s called, whether it’s abnormal or not,” Stafford said after training at the University of California, Irvine. “What I’m worried about here is how I feel, let’s keep progressing and getting better.”

Although Stafford described it as “a little soreness” and McVeigh again said he didn’t know the term for what Stafford was working through, a person with knowledge of the situation said this week that Stafford was managing the tendinitis.

Stafford went through pain last season, passed for 41 touchdowns and led the Rams to Super Bowl LVI victory at SoFi Stadium.

After the season, he was given an injection of platelet-rich plasma into his arm. He also signed an extension that includes $120 million in guarantees.

Stafford hasn’t thrown passes during off-season practice, and the Rams are struggling to handle his workload during training camp.

Does this qualify as a chronic disease?

“Oh no,” Stafford said. “I’m just going through what’s annoying me at the moment, but I’m working on it.

“We have a great plan, I feel stronger every time I get out here and quit.”

On Saturday, Stafford looked like he was in perfect shape, landing short, medium and long passes during individual exercises and seven-on-seven workouts. He is kept out of team practice.

“I felt like I could make any throw I wanted,” he said, adding, “and just trying to be smart when I have the opportunity and make sure I can get out here, break out, release it like I did. . and go from there.”

McVeigh said Stafford’s performance showed that the Rams were “pretty much on track” to get Stafford ready for the September game. 8 rookie against the Buffalo Bills and beyond.

“The ball was bouncing out of his hands, making all kinds of shots,” McVeigh said. “I think he was trying to show [reporters] which, you know, there probably aren’t many questions you can ask him based on how he felt and how he was spreading himself.”

Of course, questions remain about how Stafford will hold up against a team that is trying to win the Super Bowl for the first time since 2004.

Stafford tried to pretend to be surprised by the reaction to McVeigh’s “abnormal” comment earlier in the week. McVeigh also said it was more like an injury that major league baseball players deal with.

“It generated a lot more interest than I thought,” Stafford said, adding: “But to be honest, it doesn’t change my life.

“I just stick to the plan and try to feel my best so I can go out and play really good football all year.”

During his 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Stafford suffered numerous injuries, including hand problems. He has over 7,000 passes in regular season and playoff games according to Profootballreference.com. And that’s not counting the thousands of passes thrown in training.

“I won’t go into too much detail about how we got to this point,” he said. “I don’t think it’s the only reason, but I’m sure it contributes to it.

“Every time you put your hand under as much stress as I have over the years, it won’t look like [a reporter’s] an elbow, but it’s not one of those things that the more I throw, the worse it gets. At the moment it’s just a balancing act.”