NFL Network Ian Rapoport is reporting that Matthew Stafford is dealing with a "bad tendinitis" but the Los Angeles Rams are not concerned about their quarterback's long-term health. On Wednesday, Stafford didn't throw any balls but he did get some limited action on Thursday.
This offseason, Stafford took an arm injection to relive some of the pain caused by his elbow issue. "My understanding, this elbow issue, which actually cropped up in the spring, is described to me as bad tendinitis," Rapoport said on Inside Training Camp Live, per the NFL website.
"It is a tendon issue in his throwing elbow. [He] had a little of a procedure -- not a surgery, but a procedure -- more of a PRP-type deal in the offseason to try to manage it. Did not get to a place where he really needs it to be.
I think long-term, everyone in Los Angeles thinks this is going to be fine. I don't sense any stress about it, but it's a quarterback. It's a throwing arm. Obviously, something we need to monitor going forward."
The Rams plan to go easy with Stafford during the preseason
Stafford likely won't appear in any preseason games and the Rams will carefully monitor the number of throw he gets throughout the preseason. Rams head coach Sean McVay suggested the team won't push Stafford in any way possible as they feel that way he will get the best chance at being ready for the start of regular season.
"It's just more of, when you really look at the totality of it, (we) want to try to have him operate in as little as pain as possible," McVay said. "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 Septmber 8 and really looking toward 17 games, then hopefully some games after that if we earn that opportunity."