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Details of Matthew Stafford’s elbow injury revealed

Matthew Stafford in a hat

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford has been managing an elbow injury throughout the preseason, and it is one that dates back to last year. While the Los Angeles Rams have downplayed the ailment, we now know that it was significant enough to require surgery.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Stafford underwent a procedure on his right elbow during the offseason to help alleviate pain he experienced last year. The surgery seems to have worked.

Stafford is no stranger to playing through pain. He is known for being one of the tougher players in the NFL. If his elbow starts bothering him again at some point this season, we may never know about it.

Rams head coach Sean McVay recently did his best to downplay any concerns about Stafford. Though, some comments McVay made about the situation during training camp sounded quite a bit different.

Stafford threw for 4,886 yards, 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and led the Rams to a Super Bowl win last year. He will be on the field when L.A. hosts the Buffalo Bills in the NFL’s season opener on Thursday night.

Sean McVay offers bullish take on Matthew Stafford’s health

Sean McVay on the sideline

Dec 1, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay did his best to answer any lingering questions about quarterback Matthew Stafford’s health on Sunday.

McVay said there would be no limitations on Stafford for Week 1, and that he would have no problem making his quarterback throw upwards of 50 passes in a game if the Rams needed that to happen in order to win.

Stafford has been dealing with an elbow issue throughout training camp. One report that emerged over the weekend suggested that the problem might linger throughout the season, which would undoubtedly prompt worry for Rams fans. That is especially true considering how vital Stafford was to the team’s Super Bowl win last season.

Of course, McVay does have reason to downplay any issues with his quarterback. Based on the coach’s comments earlier in camp, this will certainly bear watching throughout the course of the year.

Matthew Stafford may not be fully healthy all season?

Matthew Stafford in a hat

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford is known for being one of the toughest players in the NFL, and the Los Angeles Rams quarterback may have to fight through yet another ailment during the upcoming season.

Stafford has been dealing with an injury to his throwing elbow throughout training camp. Rams head coach Sean McVay insists the team will be able to manage the issue and said it is one that existed last season. While that may be true, ESPN’s Dan Graziano wrote this week that Stafford’s elbow injury “could be an issue all year.”

Graziano notes that the injury may impact both the way Stafford practices and how he plays on game day.

Stafford threw for 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns last season before leading the Rams to a win in the Super Bowl. He had a completion percentage of 67.2. If he did all that while battling the same type of injury he is currently managing, there is really no huge concern.

Still, Stafford is 34 and has been banged up throughout his career. While there is little question he will play through whatever injury he has, it is never a good thing when a quarterback is managing pain before the season even begins.

Sean McVay had legendary quote about acquiring Matthew Stafford

Sean McVay on the sideline

Dec 1, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The trade that sent Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions to the Los Angeles Rams last year famously came together while the star quarterback and Sean McVay were in Mexico together. McVay decided during that trip that he and Stafford were a perfect fit, and he had an incredible way of conveying that to the decision-makers back home.

In a wide-ranging feature that ESPN’s Seth Wickersham published this week, McVay recalled the time he spent with Stafford in Cabo San Lucas leading up to the blockbuster trade last offseason. McVay was on vacation with his wife Veronika sulking over the Rams’ loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round when he learned two things — Stafford was vacationing at the same resort and wanted out of Detroit.

It was practically meant to be. McVay and Stafford met for cocktails and discussed football. Wickersham described it as a “bond forged over sun and booze.” After the two parted ways, McVay made a FaceTime call to members of the front office. He recalled the legendary pitch he made to them when he was “a few tequilas in.”

“Here’s the f—ing deal, OK? We can sit here and exist, and be OK winning nine to 11 games, and losing in the f—ing divisional round and feel like, ‘Oh, everything’s OK,'” McVay says he told his bosses. “Or, we could let our motherf—ing nuts hang, and go trade for this f—ing quarterback, and give ourselves a chance to go win a f—ing world championship. You ready to f—ing do this or what?”

McVay says he elicited some laughs, but the speech worked. The Rams sent Jared Goff and two future first-round picks to the Lions for Stafford, and the rest is history.

Other teams tried to trade for Stafford as well. There may have even been better offers, but the Lions wanted to send the veteran to the team of his choice as a show of appreciation for the years he spent in Detroit. That is why the time he spent with McVay in Cabo played such a huge role in reshaping the NFC landscape.

One other coach was vacationing in Mexico at the same time and badly wanted to acquire Stafford, but there was nothing he could do. Now that we know the hard sell McVay gave, it makes even more sense that Stafford landed where he did.

H/T Barstool Sports

Jameson Williams reached out to ex-Lion about new jersey number

Jameson Williams talks with the media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions rookie Jameson Williams has officially claimed his jersey number, and it’s one that has some recent significance for the franchise. Fortunately, that was not lost on Williams.

Williams officially switched his jersey to No. 9, which is the same number quarterback Matthew Stafford wore during his Lions career. According to Eric Woodyard of ESPN, Williams actually reached out to Stafford via text to get Stafford’s approval before making the switch.

Stafford was only traded last offseason. While one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in franchise history, the Lions obviously have not retired his number this quickly, and maybe they never will. Still, it’s pretty cool of Williams to reach out and make sure there were no issues there.

Williams definitely has a thing for meaningful jersey numbers. If the wide receiver performs well enough, he certainly has a shot to make No. 9 his own, regardless of the history associated with it.

Jimmy Garoppolo could end up with surprising NFC team

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is working his way back from an offseason shoulder surgery and expectations are that he’ll soon be traded. But to whom?

Most early rumors have centered around the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. However, with each passing day, it seems like potential destinations are being dropped off the list.

But things change rapidly in the NFL. As training camps wear on and preseason games begin, the possibility for injury increases. And as more and more quarterbacks around the league suffer the usual dings and dents, names will ultimately be added back to that list.

Case in point: the Los Angeles Rams.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is dealing with an “abnormal” elbow injury and has been limited for much of camp. There seems to be a growing concern about his potential availability this season, which may thrust Los Angeles into the quarterback market.

That, of course, is where the 49ers and Garoppolo come in to play.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk postulates that the Rams could keep a close eye on Garoppolo despite making strange bed fellow with the 49ers. If an awkward trade couldn’t be worked out, Los Angeles could simply wait to see if Garoppolo is released and then pounce.

It would be an odd turn of events to see Garoppolo end up with the Rams and even possibly start, but stranger things have happened. And while that potential end is still a ways down the road, it’s worth monitoring as Garoppolo’s market develops and Stafford’s status becomes clearer.

Matthew Stafford dealing with unusual injury in throwing arm

Matthew Stafford in a hat

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford has a Super Bowl to defend this year, but his body may not be cooperating.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Thursday that Los Angeles Rams quarterback is dealing with an issue in his throwing elbow and is being limited at training camp.

Later on Thursday, Rams coach Sean McVay addressed Stafford’s ailment. He said that Stafford’s issue is “a tricky deal,” “abnormal for a QB,” and more something that “MLB pitchers deal with,” per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. McVay also said that this is not a new injury for Stafford, who dealt with an elbow issue through last season as well. Instead what is new is the way the Rams are managing Stafford’s ailment this year, McVay adds.

Rapoport further notes that this kind of injury is sometimes referred to in baseball players as “thrower’s elbow.”

If Stafford was dogged by the elbow issue last year, it certainly did not show. In his first season with the Rams, Stafford posted some of the best numbers of his career in throwing yards (4,886), throwing touchdowns (41), as well as completion percentage (67.2). He also started in all 17 regular season games and topped it all off by capturing his elusive first Super Bowl win.

That is not to say though that Stafford’s elbow ailment is unconcerning. He will be 35 years old in a few months and is about to begin Season 14 in the NFL, meaning that Stafford has accumulated a lot wear and tear over the years. Furthermore, a quarterback’s throwing arm is his golden ticket, so any issue there is worrisome, especially for an older QB.

The Rams have made a big commitment to Stafford, who is signed through 2026 on a deal that will pay him $130 million guaranteed (though the team does have a potential out before the final season of Stafford’s contract). His elbow ailment could easily end up as a nothing burger, particularly since the Rams are proactively managing it. But it will still be one of many storylines to watch out for with the defending champs heading into the new season.

Matthew Stafford has very fitting first post to Instagram

Matthew Stafford in a hat

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford sure knows how to make an entrance.

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback went viral Friday for his debut post to Instagram (he had previously not been on the social media platform at all). Stafford shared a photo of himself showing off his Super Bowl ring with the caption, “She’s a real beauty.”

Stafford’s wife Kelly was also visible in the shot but was hilariously cropped halfway out of the post. Check it out.

Kelly then fired back with an Instagram post of her own, cropping Stafford halfway out of the photo so that just her and the ring remained. “We look good together,” she wrote in her caption.

Marital hijinks aside, the 34-year-old Stafford has earned the right to flex a bit. After all, he had to wait a long time (13 NFL seasons, to be exact) to get one of those rings.

The rings themselves, in honor of the Rams’ victory in Super Bowl LVI this year, are also particularly impressive. We recently learned that they have some pretty unique features to them.

Cooper Kupp did something very cool when signing his new contract

Cooper Kupp without a helmet

Aug 22, 2020; Inglewood California, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp (10) during a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Kupp signed an enormous new contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, but he offered a pretty awesome gesture while doing so.

In a photo released by the Rams, the wide receiver appears to be wearing a Matthew Stafford jersey while signing his new megadeal. Kupp’s jersey appears to have a No. 9 on the front, and it certainly isn’t his own No. 10.

This may be Kupp’s way of paying tribute to his quarterback, who certainly played a role in getting Kupp that deal. Stafford’s first season with the Rams turned out to be the best of Kupp’s career, which is hardly coincidental. Kupp had only surpassed the 1,000-yard mark once in his career entering 2021, then went off for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

Kupp certainly got paid a hefty sum of money. No wonder he wanted to nod to Stafford while signing on.

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly duped by fake Aaron Rodgers quote

Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly Stafford

Nov 17, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly has been active on social media for long enough to know that you should never take anything you read at face value. Unfortunately, she let her guard down this week when she happened upon a supposed quote from Aaron Rodgers.

A parody Twitter account called NFC North News posted a fake quote from Rodgers this week in which the Green Bay Packers quarterback praised Kirk Cousins. In the quote, which again was admittedly fake, Rodgers says he or Cousins would be the best quarterback in franchise history if you put either of them on the Detroit Lions or Chicago Bears.

Kelly, whose husband played 12 seasons for the Lions, did not appreciate the quote. She called out Rodgers in her Instagram story.

Mrs. Stafford quickly realized she had been duped. NFC North News made that more obvious by posting a fake follow-up of Rodgers telling Kelly to “sit this one out.” Kelly was a good sport about the whole thing.

This is certainly not the first time we have seen someone duped by a fake Twitter account. Many of the content the accounts create is designed to look very real. Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young also fell victim to one a few weeks back.

Kelly has always been quick to defend Matthew. In this instance, she was just a little too quick.

H/T New York Post