The history of an injury:
Aug 25, 2012
Flynn warmed up before Friday's exhibition game but couldn't throw the ball because of his elbow injury. Coach Pete Carroll called it a "tendinitis-type of thing." Russell Wilson's impressive play Friday likely vaulted him ahead of Flynn for the starting quarterback job. If Flynn has a lingering elbow problem, that will make the quarterback decision even easier for Carroll.
Oct. 1, 2012
"We have a little bit of a problem with Matt," Carroll revealed to ESPN Seattle on Monday. "Matt's still not full speed. Anybody that thinks, OK, let's go with the other guy, well, he can't practice yet."The problem, according to Carroll, is an elbow injury which affects Flynn's ability to throw the ball. So at the moment, Flynn, signed away from Green Bay in the offseason, isn't an option to create a quarter-pole quarterback controversy.
"He throws 15 throws a day, a couple days a week, so that's not really enough to get him ready in a game plan," Carroll told ESPN Seattle. "He has to throw 50 balls a day to get ready, so that's not even an issue for us yet to have a chance to put him in."
Aug 25, 2013
Q: We saw [Terrelle] Pryor out there with the first team. Are they [Pryor and Matt Flynn] splitting snaps?
Coach Allen: Well we’re going to rest Matt Flynn. His arm is a little sore right now, so we’re going to rest him and try to get that arm back a little bit.
Q: [Matt Flynn] had tendonitis issues last year. Is it similar problems?
Coach Allen: It’s the same thing. It’s the same issues.
Q: So it had nothing to do with the game?
Coach Allen: No
Q: Did it flare up on [Matt Flynn] earlier in camp, or has it just been an ongoing thing?Coach Allen: No, it’s just something that’s been a little bothersome to him. I don’t really anticipate it being a big issue, but I want to get his arm rested up, recovered. It’s probably more of a precautionary measure on my part than it is anything else.
Getting lots of input on how Flynn's arm issue is manufactured. Can tell you he left most Napa practices elbow in ice. Not so for other QBs.— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) August 26, 2013
McKenzie said it was a combination of Matt Flynn's confidence and sore arm that betrayed him -- "his arm didn't fare him well"— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 18, 2013
Asked Reggie if arm was concern when traded for Flynn: "No it wasn't major concern. If it was, we probably would have looked into it deeper"— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 18, 2013
Now that he is taking less reps, Flynn's arm is expected to build back up, McKenzie said— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 18, 2013
So that's where we stand. His arm won't hold up to full-time usage. Two years in a row, it held up almost to week 1, then was giving him such problems, that he simply couldn't compete for the starter position. In retrospect, McDonald told us:
Matt Flynn seems to be throwing without any obvious effects from the sore arm that nagged him in camp. Plenty of zip on his throws.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) September 19, 2013
So he can still be useful in a limited role.