Heading into Thursday night’s season opener season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills, there were some questions about the status of Matthew Stafford’s elbow.
It had been reported that Stafford had undergone surgery on the elbow during the offseason, but all reports indicated it was okay.
Then he struggled in Week 1 and took some big hits along the way and questions began to pop up again about the status of that elbow.
Today, Sean McVay once again stated that Stafford’s elbow is okay.
Sean McVay says Stafford’s elbow is fine after tough Week 1
Matthew Stafford got hit plenty of times on Thursday night and threw 41 passes, but his elbow made it through the game without any issues. https://t.co/btwAS9hJ2D
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 10, 2022
I spoke to him. It felt OK. There was a lot of things that didn’t go our way yesterday for a lot of different reasons, like I mentioned to you guys after the game. But he came out of that thing feeling good. He took obviously some shots, but the elbow felt OK.
McVay added that it was likely other factors throughout the game that were really to blame for the performance.
Matthew’s got such high standards, as we do for him and as he does of himself, that there was some plays that I’m sure he’ll want back. But I think that’s how it’ll be for any quarterback when you’re at the level that he is or Josh Allen. So there’s things that I expect us to be able to play better collectively, starting with me and then overall execution-wise. But I thought as far as just the overall [throwing] motion, I didn’t necessarily think that was affected. I thought maybe just some of the spots where he is getting moved or getting hit, not being able to finish his motion as a result of just some of the pressure, or different things that are pushing him off his spot, might have affected some of the overall accuracy snap in and snap out. But as far as just the mechanics from an elbow perspective, I didn’t sense that was any sort of issue.
With questions at running back and issues arising along the offensive line, the Rams will need Stafford to be at his absolute best if they want to stay at the top of the league.
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