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Matthew Stafford sustains rib injury against Packers, likely unavailable next week

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had left the pitch during Sunday’s clash against Green Bay Packers after suffering a rib injury and may be unavailable for their Week 15 fixture against Tennessee Titans.

Matthew Stafford suffers rib damage after colliding with Kenny Clark

During the fourth quarter of Lions’ 24-31 loss against Packers at the Ford Field, Matthew Stafford took a hit from defensive tackle Kenny Clark and injured his ribs.

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After completing 24 of 34 passes along with covering 244 passing yards as well as a touchdown pass, Stafford was escorted off the pitch to the sidelines. Chase Daniel came to replace the Lions stalwart in the final drive with just three minutes left of play.

Following the match, the QB did not appear for the postgame conference and was put to an X-Ray test and the results are yet to be undisclosed by the team. However, according to a claim made by WXYZ Detroit Sports Director Brad Galli on Twitter, Stafford is ‘is questionable to return’ to the lineup anytime soon.

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Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford took a hit from Packers OT Kenny Clark in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

“He just got twisted somehow when he slid,” Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker asserted after the match, “obviously, we know 9 (Stafford) is a warrior, man. He’ll battle through a lot, he’ll push through a lot of pain so you know if he can’t go then it’s really because he can’t.”

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Same reaction was recorded from backup QB Daniel, emphasising on Stafford’s toughness: “The dude’s a warrior and he’s hurt right now, but I think he’s going to work whatever he’s got through it and try to be out there for the team.” 

All that being said, its “all too early” for Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell to come to a conclusion about the quarterback possibly missing games and admits “it’s going to take something drastic” to keep Stafford away from the pitch.

A 2009 first-round pick, Matthew Stafford made 136 consecutive starts for Lions since the 2011 season until last year when he missed the final eight games for the team due to a bone fracture in his back.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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