Matthew Stafford Can ‘Compete’ Again After Injury-Hit 2022
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is ‘excited’ to be fully fit again after a stop-start twelve months.
Matthew Stafford couldn’t complete a proper offseason program last year due to issues with his elbow. He never got into the flow of the season with concussion and a spinal cord contusion limiting him to just nine games.
The Rams eventually placed Matthew Stafford on injured reserve for the final seven weeks of 2022. The defending Super Bowl champions slumped to an underwhelming 5-12 title defense as a result.
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“I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do,” he said Monday. “We handed the ball off on every play or whatever. I didn’t throw all offseason. That’s kind of frustrating for a guy that likes to do that. So, it’s kind of nice that I’ll be able to go out there and have a much more normal offseason experience and be able to be out there and do what I love to do.
“(I’m) not probably a human JUGS machine like I used to be, but can still get it out there and throw it around a bunch,” he quipped. “So, it’ll be a process as it always is to try and stay as healthy as you possibly can at all times. But I definitely feel like I can go out there and compete and do everything I want to do, which is fun and exciting for me.”
The star quarterback also dispelled offseason chatter about him considering retirement. It’s been a transitional offseason for the Rams this year, but much will still depend on the availability of Stafford.
“I’m not 25, but I definitely feel good,” he said.