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Rams still resting Matthew Stafford’s sore arm through next week

8/4/2022 1:27:40 PM
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Two days after coach Sean McVay said quarterback Matthew Stafford was still feeling pain in his right arm and that his workload would be reduced, the 14th-year pro did not throw a pass during Wednesday’s workout, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The goal is to get the 34-year-old Stafford to the Sept. 8 opener against the Buffalo Bills — and beyond — with little or no discomfort in his throwing arm, McVay said.

As part of the Rams plan, McVay said Stafford would not participate in full-team drills during the next three days of practice at UC Irvine, or during practices next week before the Rams return to Thousand Oaks.

“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,” McVay said. “But the goal would be for September 8 and, really looking toward 17 games and then hopefully some games after that if we earn that opportunity.

“That’s kind of the perspective, the big-picture approach we want to be able to take.”

But the condition of Stafford’s right arm is an obvious concern for a team aiming to become the first in nearly two decades to win consecutive Super Bowl titles.

Last season, Stafford played through pain and passed for 41 touchdowns, with 17 interceptions. If he had not experienced a turnover-plagued, three-game stretch of defeats, he might have been an MVP candidate at season’s end.

Despite receiving an offseason injection in his arm and throwing no passes during organized team activity workouts during the spring, he is not pain-free.

On Wednesday, Stafford handed off the ball a few times during individual drills. He then moved to another field, took phantom snaps and worked on dropping back and rolling out. He also did drills under the watchful eye of a member of the Rams sports science team.

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