It appears quarterback Matthew Stafford guided the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl victory while battling some sort of physical ailment in February.
According to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk and Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire, Stafford revealed on Tuesday he had a “surgical thing” this offseason. The 34-year-old didn’t offer specifics about the procedure other than saying that it “is going to make me feel better in the long run.”
Per DaSilva, Stafford was on the team’s official injury report ahead of January’s playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals with a toe problem. He also dealt with “chronic back pain and pain in his throwing arm back in November.” According to the NFL’s website, Stafford had an anti-inflammatory shot in March that left him requiring a brace for his arm.
As noted by ESPN stats, Stafford finished the 2021 regular season third in the league with 4,886 passing yards, second with 41 touchdowns through the air, sixth among eligible quarterbacks with a 102.9 passer rating, and fourth with a 63.8 total QBR. One wonders if he’ll enjoy even more success during his second campaign with the Rams following his recent procedure.