Jul 31, 2022; Irvine, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay (left) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during training camp at UC Irvine. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams QB Matthew Stafford not throwing due to elbow

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford will take some extended time off because of pain in his throwing elbow.

Coach Sean McVay said the Rams plan to keep Stafford, 34, on the sidelines during team drills the rest of this week and in practices next week — all with the goal of making sure the veteran quarterback is ready to go against the Buffalo Bills when the season opens on Sept. 8.

“Anytime that you’ve played as long and are as tough as he is, I don’t know if you’re ever truly pain-free,” McVay said. “But the goal would be for Sept. 8 and, really looking toward 17 games and then hopefully some games after that if we earn that opportunity.

“That’s kind of the perspective, the big-picture approach we want to be able to take.”

In 2021, in his first season with the Rams, Stafford led Los Angeles to a win in Super Bowl LVI in February. After the season, he signed a four-year, $160 million contract extension.

Last season, he led the Rams to a 12-5 record in the regular season, setting a franchise record with 4,886 passing yards and tying a team mark with 41 touchdown passes.

Entering his 14th season, Stafford is five yards short of 50,000 for his career. He’s completed 63.0 percent of his 6,825 pass attempts with 323 touchdowns and 161 interceptions in 12 seasons with Detroit (2009-20) and the Rams.

The Lions selected him with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009.

–Field Level Media

Jul 31, 2022; Irvine, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during training camp at UC Irvine. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Elbow pain leads to lighter load for Rams QB Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford played into February for the first time in his career for the Super Bowl-winning Los Angeles Rams and the right-hander’s elbow could be showing signs of wear.

Head coach Sean McVay said Los Angeles is scaling back Stafford’s training camp workload and could take further precautions if pain persists in the elbow on the 34-year-old’s throwing arm.

“We’d lessened Matthew’s workload,” McVay said on Monday. “Really when we look at it, we’ve got five weeks until Sept. 8. He’s still feeling a little bit of pain, he could push through it. You guys have been out here, he’s been throwing and competing in team settings. We felt like the smart thing was let’s really just take it a week at a time. He ended up getting about 40 to 50 throws in individual. We didn’t take part in the team activities and that’s really more a result of he’s got so much experience.”

The Rams had a scheduled day off Tuesday and might use the time to construct more detailed plans of Stafford’s summer workload.

Los Angeles is the first NFL team to play a regular-season game, hosting the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium on Sept. 8, and Stafford isn’t expected to suit up in the preseason.

Stafford required an injection in the elbow during the offseason, but said he felt good to open training camp and embraced the team plan for a “pitch count.” Throughout his career, Stafford has played through various injuries, including toe and back issues last season.

“We could certainly push and he could really grind through this, but that’s not the goal with somebody like him,” said McVay. “It’s not something that we’re concerned about. We just want to be really smart with somebody that is as important as our quarterback is and as experienced as he is to be able to put together a plan that we feel like is in his best interest and in our team’s best interest.”

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) is unable to reach a pass as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (22) defends in the second quarter during Super Bowl LVI, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.    Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Rams WR Van Jefferson (knee) to see specialist

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson will consult with a specialist about a knee injury that has sidelined him at the start of training camp, multiple outlets reported Sunday.

NFL Network said the appointment is scheduled for Monday.

Cooper Kupp is the No. 1 target for quarterback Matthew Stafford, but Jefferson, along with offseason acquisition Allen Robinson, was expected to play a big role in the offense this season. Robert Woods was traded to Tennessee and free-agent Odell Beckham Jr. remains unsigned.

Jefferson, 26, is entering his third season with the Rams, who selected him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

In 17 games last season (all starts), Jefferson caught 50 passes for 802 yards and six touchdowns. In the playoffs, he caught nine passes for 102 yards in four games for the Super Bowl-winning Rams.

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) meet after the game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated Miami 38-7. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Danny Amendola retiring after 13-year NFL career

Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola has called it a career, retiring after 13 seasons in the NFL, ESPN reported Monday.

After going undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2008, Amendola went on to play for the then-St. Louis Rams (2009-12), New England Patriots (2013-17), Miami Dolphins (2018), Detroit Lions (2019-20) and Houston Texans (2021).

He won two Super Bowls with the Patriots and caught Tom Brady’s 400th career touchdown pass in 2015.

In 163 career games (76 starts), Amendola hauled in 617 catches for 6,212 yards and 24 touchdowns. He added six touchdowns across 13 playoff games, including one touchdown in each of the two Super Bowl victories he was a part of (XLIX, LI). He also hauled in eight catches for 152 yards in the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Amendola also served as a kick and punt returner throughout his career and tossed two touchdown passes on gadget plays.

The 36-year-old was a free agent this offseason after completing a one-year contract with the Texans. ESPN reported that multiple teams had called him, but that he is looking into entering the broadcasting ranks instead.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams CB Jalen Ramsey to start camp on PUP list

Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Ramsey underwent surgery on his left shoulder over the offseason. He tweeted a photo of himself with a sling on that shoulder last month. He claimed on a podcast appearance that he played more than half the season with two AC joints sprained.

The 27-year-old is still expected to be ready for ready for the 2022 season opener.

“When we did do that surgery on him, obviously most importantly was how he felt about it, but then with the goal in mind of, alright, attack the rehab the right way and, most importantly, be ready for Sept. 8 ready to go,” coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday. “So we’ll be smart about that progress for him.”

Ramsey played in 16 games (all starts) in 2021, matching his career high with four interceptions and adding 77 tackles with 16 pass breakups. He was named a first-team All-Pro for the second straight year and third time in his career as the Rams went on to win the Super Bowl.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

The Rams also placed linebacker Travin Howard, safety Quentin Lake and rookie running back Kyren Williams on the PUP list to start camp.

–Field Level Media

Jun 7, 2022; Thousand Oaks California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Bobby Brown III (95) participates in drills during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams DT Bobby Brown III banned 6 games for PED violation

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Bobby Brown III was suspended by the NFL for the first six games of the 2022 season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Brown, 21, remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will not be allowed to be on the 53-man roster for the start of the season.

Brown will be able to return to the active roster on Monday, Oct. 17, one day after the Rams’ Week 6 game against the visiting Carolina Panthers. The Rams, who have a bye in Week 7, are not back in action until hosting the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 30.

Brown recorded one tackle while playing in 10 games during his rookie season.

He was selected by the Rams in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.

–Field Level Media

Aug 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders center Richie Incognito (64) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders defeated the Cardinals 33-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Troubled star guard Richie Incognito announces retirement

Four-time Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito, whose career was plagued by behavioral issues, announced his retirement on Friday.

Incognito, 39, made his announcement at the Las Vegas Raiders’ complex in Henderson, Nev., and formally retired as a Raider.

This despite Incognito playing just 14 of his 164 regular-season games with the franchise.

“It felt like home the minute I got here,” Incognito said of joining the Raiders, then in Oakland, prior to the 2019 season. “I’d played so long, and I’d gotten this ‘bad boy’ reputation, but it just fit with the Raiders.

“They trusted who I was, and they let me play. And I played my ass off just to repay them for the opportunity.”

Though Incognito was a force on the field, he had a long list of off-field transgressions. His checkered reputation reached a low due to the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal during the 2013 season.

Then-rookie Jonathan Martin accused Incognito and two teammates of bullying him and he left the team in midseason. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games of the season and didn’t play in 2014 before joining the Buffalo Bills in 2015.

He also was suspended for two games in 2019 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after an incident the previous year at an Arizona funeral home following his father’s death. Incognito threatened to shoot employees and demanded that his father’s head be cut off for research purposes.

Incognito earned Pro Bowl berths with the Dolphins in 2012 and with the Bills from 2015-17. He retired for the 2018 season before later joining the Raiders.

Incognito played 12 games for the Raiders in 2019 and just two in 2020. He missed all of last season with a calf injury.

He began his NFL career in 2006 with the St. Louis Rams and spent 3 1/2 seasons with the club. He finished the 2009 season with the Bills before moving on to Miami for four seasons.

Incognito was a star college player at Nebraska but was plagued by a slew of behavioral issues and troublesome incidents, finally receiving an indefinite suspension just prior to the start of the 2004 season.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) defends against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams CB Jalen Ramsey recovering from shoulder surgery

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey is recovering from shoulder surgery, NFL Network reported.

The 27-year-old All-Pro posted a photo of himself, wearing a sling, with his children on social media.

“ALL IS WELL!” tweeted Ramsey, who is expected to be ready before the start of the 2022 season.

Ramsey made the All-Pro first team for the third time, was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl and helped the Rams win a Super Bowl championship last season.

Ramsey reportedly played with tears in both shoulders last season.

He has 15 interceptions in 91 games (90 starts) with the Jaguars (2016-19) and Rams (2019-21) since Jacksonville drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) against the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams hope to reach deal with WR Odell Beckham Jr.

The Los Angeles Rams remain hopeful they can bring wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. back for the 2022 season.

Team chief operating officer Kevin Demoff told The Athletic in an interview Monday that he doesn’t have a timeline to re-sign Beckham, who is recovering from a torn left ACL he sustained in the Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory in February. He said both sides have had an “open dialogue.”

“If we didn’t have a salary cap, we could’ve signed Odell months ago and would’ve loved to,” Demoff said. “Is it a multi-year deal, is it a one-year deal? All kinds of variables that come into Odell.

“The one variable that hasn’t changed is how much we love him and want him to be here. I think he’s expressed, over social, his desire to be here. Am I optimistic we can get a deal done over time? Yes.”

Los Angeles signed Beckham last November after his release from the Cleveland Browns. In eight regular-season games with the Rams, he caught 27 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns — after not scoring a single touchdown for the Browns in six games.

Beckham, 29, added two touchdowns in the playoffs, including the first score of Super Bowl LVI, before going down with the knee injury.

In eight NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Cleveland and Los Angeles, the three-time Pro Bowl selection has totaled 531 catches for 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns.

At the position, the Rams have Cooper Kupp, who won NFL Offensive Player of the Year after earning the receiving “Triple Crown” in 2021. The team signed him to a three-year, $80.1 million contract extension last week, and they added Allen Robinson in free agency on a three-year, $46.5 million deal. They also traded receiver Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans to help with their cap situation.

–Field Level Media

Jun 7, 2022; Thousand Oaks, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp at a press conference during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams closing in on extension for WR Cooper Kupp

The Los Angeles Rams and Super Bowl LVI MVP Cooper Kupp are closing in on an extension that would make the wide receiver among the highest-paid in the league, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

A deal could be reached as soon as Wednesday night, per the report.

The framework is a three-year deal that would pay Kupp well past $20 million per year, according to NFL Network. Kupp is slated to make $14.875 million this season and $14.625 million in 2023.

Davante Adams set a new high for wideouts with a contract averaging approximately $28 million per season when the Las Vegas Raiders acquired him from the Green Bay Packers in mid-March. Less than a week later, Tyreek Hill topped that with a $30 million average after he was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins.

Kupp said in April that he’s not interested in becoming the highest-paid WR in the league.

“I’m not trying to beat anybody. I’m not trying to compare myself to anyone else. It’s more about being in a place that’s just right for both sides,” Kupp said during OTAs.

Kupp, who turns 29 in one week, became the fourth player since the AFL-NFL merger to win the receiving triple crown, leading the league in receptions (145), receiving yardage (1,947) and touchdown catches (16). The others are the San Francisco 49ers’ Jerry Rice in 1990, the Green Bay Packers’ Sterling Sharpe in 1992 and the Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith in 2005.

Kupp also caught two touchdowns in the Super Bowl, the latter for the winning score with 1:25 to play as the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

Kupp has 433 receptions for 5,517 yards and 40 touchdowns in 71 regular-season games (57 starts) over five seasons.

The Rams earlier this week made defensive tackle Aaron Donald the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.

–Field Level Media