Rams QB Matthew Stafford ‘ready to roll’ for OTAs, minicamp

Field Level Media

March 28, 2023 at 5:46 pm.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that quarterback Matthew Stafford is healthy and “ready to roll” this offseason.

Stafford, 35, will not be limited after having his 2022 season cut short by a spinal cord contusion and concussion symptoms.

“He’s doing real well. I think it’s been — and he’d be better equipped to answer this — but I think it’s been a long time since he’s been healthy through an offseason, where he’s been able to throw,” McVay said from Phoenix, site of the NFL owners meetings.

“I think last year there was such a unique combination and collaboration of things that prevented him from being able to play the way that he’s capable of — whether it was the things that he dealt with, some of the surrounding parts, missing a lot of time leading up into the season with some of the injuries and different things that he was working through.”

Stafford was limited during the 2022 offseason after coming off a non-surgical procedure to alleviated elbow pain that hampered him during the 2021 campaign. He didn’t throw at all until training camp and even then, he was limited.

Stafford missed the final seven games of last season after being diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion in addition to a concussion. Stafford sustained a neck injury in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints after clearing protocol from a previous concussion.

The Rams picked up 2023 option bonus and 2024 salary for Stafford in March, giving the quarterback $62 million guaranteed.

The Rams begin OTAs in May.

He passed for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games last season. He has thrown for 52,082 yards and 333 touchdowns in 191 games in his 14-year career with the Detroit Lions (2009-20) and Rams.

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