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Stafford impresses despite ‘irritating’ elbow issue

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  • Sarah BarshopESPN Staff Writer

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    • Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee
    • Marquette University graduate

IRVINE, Calif. — After making several deep throws and also a no-look pass during practice Saturday, LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said he felt like he will make any throw he wished to.

Stafford, who handled an elbow injury last season, received an injection in his right elbow through the offseason and didn’t throw through the Rams’ spring workouts.

On Thursday, coach Sean McVay said Stafford’s injury is “a bit abnormal for a quarterback,” but reiterated that the Rams decided a “modified approach and a progressive build” with him during training camp.

“I simply have just a little soreness,” Stafford said Saturday. “We’re working through it. Personally i think very good today. I thought it looked very good. But just attempting to be smart with it and making me feel as effective as I could feel entering Week 1 while still getting as much reps I could, too.”

Stafford declined to get into detail about his elbow soreness, saying he’s “just going right through a thing that is irritating right now.”

“We got an excellent plan,” Stafford said. “I’m feeling stronger each time I turn out here and throw. I have no idea in the event that you guys were watching. It felt like I possibly could make any throw I needed to today. And just attempting to be smart when I get those opportunities to be sure I can turn out here, cut it loose [and] transform it loose like I did so today.”

McVay echoed Stafford’s comments concerning the way he threw the ball Saturday and described he wasn’t just making short and intermediate throws but was “pushing the ball” to “all sorts of spots.” McVay also said that in line with the way Stafford threw, “I don’t believe you would understand that anything was going on.”

“In the event that you guys were watching, I have no idea really just how much you can enquire about how Matthew’s feeling,” McVay said. “After all, he threw everything on the yard today. Looked excellent, felt good.

“We’re quite definitely on track using what we’d hoped, and I believe you can really start to see the ball was jumping out of his hand. … Therefore i think he was attempting to demonstrate guys that most likely not many questions it is possible to ask him either predicated on how he felt and just how he was throwing it around today.”

The Rams also got cornerback Jalen Ramsey back at practice Saturday. While Ramsey didn’t start training camp on the physically struggling to perform list after having offseason shoulder surgery, he previously not been cleared previously to be a part of practice. On Saturday he took part in the team’s 7-on-7 field work.

McVay said Ramsey “did an excellent job” because the Rams continued his “five-day acclimation period.”

“I believe he’s feeling good and we’ll continue steadily to increase that workload once we go,” the coach said.

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