The Los Angeles Rams have their sights set on winning back-to-back Super Bowls. To accomplish such a lofty goal, veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford needs to stay healthy. Unfortunately, he's not 100 percent in training camp.
Earlier this week, head coach Sean McVay announced Stafford will not participate in team drills for now. It led some to speculate if the veteran is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
This Thursday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport painted a clear picture as to what's going on in Los Angeles. Per his report, Stafford is dealing with "bad tendinitis" in his elbow.
The Rams' goal for Matthew Stafford is to help him be in as little pain as possible. However, the unfortunate reality is he's probably going to be in some amount of pain for the rest of his career.
“It’s consistent with what’s been going on,” McVay said Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. “It’s just more of, when you really look at the totality of it, want to try to have him operate in as little as pain as possible. I think anytime that you’ve played as long and are as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’re ever truly pain-free, but the goal would be for Sept. 8 and really looking toward 17 games then hopefully some games after that if we earn that opportunity. That’s kind of the perspective and the big picture approach that we want to be able to take. I don’t know that I would feel as comfortable taking that approach if it wasn’t for the experience that he’s accumulated and knowing how intentional he is about staying up to speed with his mental and his physical work that he can do in the absence of some of the stuff in the team settings.”
The Rams begin the 2022 season on Sept. 8 against the Buffalo Bills.