Did you know Matthew Stafford and Clayton Kershaw were childhood friends? Needless to say, you did. Everyone understands that.
Everything you actually might possibly not have known is that the Rams star quarterback and the Dodgers All-Star pitcher had nearly identical injuries earlier this offseason, which both of these overcame right with time for highly anticipated seasons. Two old friends, same injury, same positive outcome.
Stafford heads into tonight’s kickoff game contrary to the Bills at 100 percent after an offseason filled up with questions about his right elbow. Identified as having an ailment referred to as “thrower’s elbow” that affected the tendon, sources with understanding of his rehab said, Stafford has concluded a six-month rehab made to make his elbow strong enough to withstand the rigors of the growing season.
Stafford recently described himself as having “no limitations,” and that is because he actually has less pain now than he did last season, sources said. It had been similar for his buddy from Highland Park, Texas, who’s having another stellar season at 7-3 with a 2.62 ERA. Kershaw has been on the IL, but with spine issues, not elbow.
Last October, Kershaw revealed he received a PRP injection in his left flexor tendon and that has been the only real treatment he’d receive. It had been exactly the same for Stafford, who had a PRP injection right into a similar area, in addition to a non-surgical procedure involved with healing the elbow.
Kershaw was ready for the growing season, as expected. For Stafford, he’s got passed his toughest hurdle — training camp. A team’s preparation is indeed based on a quarterback’s throws, that Stafford taking it easy along with his arm may have altered installing the offense.
That is why the Rams eased off Stafford throwing late in camp, so that it wouldn’t hinder their preparation for the growing season. They didn’t desire to add unnecessary throws or eliminate reps from everybody else.
By enough time late August rolled around, the six-month rehab was over. Earlier this week, he proclaimed it himself and coach Sean McVay said he’d have “no hesitation” if Stafford had a need to throw it 50 times.