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Rams' Sean McVay: Matthew Stafford 'Feeling Good' After Elbow Injury Recovery

Erin WalshJuly 22, 2022

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is set to begin throwing again after recovering from an elbow injury this summer, which is a good sign with the 2022 campaign quickly approaching.

Head coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday that Stafford is "feeling good" and is ready to go for the start of training camp next week after not throwing a football all spring.

Stafford received an anti-inflammatory shot in his throwing elbow this offseason after playing the 2021 campaign with an elbow ailment. Despite sitting out most of L.A.'s offseason program, he told reporters earlier this month that he has a better understanding of the offense overall entering 2022.

"At this point in the year last season, I think to myself what I knew about this team and this offense, and it’s just so small in comparison to what I know and understand now," Stafford said, via the team's website. "So that gives me great comfort in the fact that we can go above and beyond what we did last year."

While playing through the elbow injury, Stafford led the Rams to a 12-5 record, first place in the NFC West, and also helped the team capture the Lombardi Trophy with a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

Stafford also enjoyed one of his best seasons as a passer in 2021. In 17 regular-season games, he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,886 yards and 41 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.

The 34-year-old was just as good in four playoff games, completing 70 percent of his passes for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns against three interceptions.

Stafford and the Rams offense are expected to be just as good, if not better, this coming season.

L.A. signed star wide receiver Allen Robinson to a group that already includes Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, TuTu Atwell and Ben Skowronek. In addition, the team will have a healthy Cam Akers, who missed all but one game in 2021 with a torn Achilles, at running back.

The Rams are primed to win the NFC West and have the fourth-best odds to win the Super Bowl at +1100, per DraftKings SportsBook.


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