Matthew Stafford plays down an elbow problem that prevents him from participating in team training

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Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is not participating in team training because he is dealing with a problem with his elbow. He met with reporters on Saturday, and the arm issue was clearly a major topic. Stafford tried to make it secondary.

“I’m just having a little soreness,” Stafford said. “We’re working through it. I felt good today. I thought it looked pretty good. Just trying to be smart about it and make me feel as good as I feel for the first week while still getting as many reps as possible.”

He said he had “generalized soreness” in the elbow. About whether it happens after the ball is thrown or all the time, Stafford said, “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter.”

Stafford described the situation as “disturbing at the moment but I am working on it”.

“We have a great plan,” Stafford said. “I feel stronger every time I get out here and throw. I don’t know if you guys were watching, I felt like I could do any throw I wanted today. I’m just trying to be smart when I get these chances to make sure I can get out here, and get rid of That, edit it like you did today and go from there.”

One Saturday, he said, “his arm felt fine . . . I felt better.”

Stafford is not preoccupied with posters, including whether it was a baseball injury.

“I don’t know if this was a baseball or football injury,” Stafford said. “I play football right now and he’s a soccer player so I think it’s a football injury at this point. I’m not too worried about what it’s called or whether it’s abnormal or whatever. I’m worried here today. How did I feel? Let’s We continue to progress and improve.”

Otherwise, Stafford said all the right and expected things. He has always had a level of toughness and determination. It is impressive. This makes him not inclined to admit that anything could be wrong.

However, he was surprisingly candid when asked if the injury had to do with the length of his career, which stretches back to 2009.

“I’m not going to get too deep into how we got to this point,” Stafford said. “I don’t think that’s the only reason for that, but I’m sure it contributes to it. Anytime your arm gets the same amount of stress that it has over the years, I’m sure it won’t look like your elbow. It’s not one of those things. … the more he throws the worse it gets. It’s kind of just a balancing act at this point.”

The Rams struck balance by keeping him away from group drills, while still allowing him to throw individual drills. It remains to be seen if that balance works once the season starts.

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