The Los Angeles Rams could have a persistent issue on their hands with Matthew Stafford’s elbow injury.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Stafford suffered an elbow issue sometime during the 2022 season, and it could persist as an issue all season long.
Per the report:
“Don’t be surprised if …Matthew Stafford’s elbow is an issue all season.
What I’m hearing: Well, everything you hear from the Rams and from Stafford is that it’s fine, it’s nothing to worry about, they have a plan, and it won’t be a problem. And hey, maybe they’re telling the truth. The Rams’ medical staff is outstanding, and its plan for getting Stafford ready for the season may be perfect. But it’s the elbow on the starting quarterback’s throwing arm. The level of precision required to succeed at that position in the NFL is so high that even the slightest problem — one that affects the placement of the throw by 2 or 3 inches — could be enough to turn a great year into a so-so year.
My impression of this situation is that it affects Stafford’s practice schedule all year and could also, obviously, affect his performance on Sundays. He’s tough enough that it’s fair to believe it won’t affect his availability for Sundays, but this is a guy who already led the league in interceptions last year. We sure an elbow problem isn’t going to mess with him at all?”
Matthew Stafford has missed all of the Rams’ preseason games, but he’s downplaying the severity of his elbow injury.
“I feel pretty good,” Stafford said after the joint practice against the Bengals via Fox Sports. “I feel like I can make all the throws. It’s just getting into a rhythm, just the actual, technical aspect of playing the position.”
The Rams enter the season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl and repeat as champs. But they’ll need to make sure Matthew Stafford’s elbow issue doesn’t haunt them to be able to achieve their lofty goals this season.
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