Skip to main content

Teammates Praise Matthew Stafford's Toughness Following Rib Injury

Matthew Stafford's teammates praise his toughness following loss to Green Bay Packers

In the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers, Matthew Stafford left the game with a rib injury. 

He was unable to finish the game after returning from the locker room. 

Following Detroit's 31-24 loss at Ford Field, Stafford reportedly underwent X-rays to determine the extent of his injuries.

Interim head coach Darrell Bevell and several teammates praised his toughness postgame when speaking about Detroit's starting quarterback. 

Backup quarterback Chase Daniel, who finished the game, said Stafford was the toughest competitor he has ever played with. 

“He’s honestly one of the toughest guys and competitors that I’ve ever been on a team with,” Daniel said. “It’s very well written about. 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.” 

Offensive lineman Taylor Decker explained that the injury must have been significant for Stafford not to complete the game. 

"He just got twisted somehow when he slid. Obviously, we know 9 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," Decker said.

Bevell was asked if Stafford's injury would prevent him from suiting up and playing against Tennessee next weekend. 

"I think it’s too early to tell (if he will miss time),” Bevell said. “I mean, Matthew Stafford’s as tough as they come, he’s a huge competitor. I know he’s going to want to be out there with his team, so it’s going to have to be pretty drastic for him not to be in there.” 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Lions Articles


Jared Goff Embracing Young Fan Is Going Viral

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is quite genuine with fans of the team.


Jared Goff's Fiancee Reveals Scary Interactions With NFL Fans

Christen Harper reveals she receives hostile messages when the Detroit Lions lose football games.


3 Things to Look Forward to in Episode No. 2 of 'Hard Knocks'

Read more on what to watch for during episode two of "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions" Tuesday.

Wideout Marvin Jones indicated that he does not believe he knows anybody tougher than Stafford.

"Everybody in the world knows how tough 9 is. I feel I don't know anybody that's tougher than him, so definitely knew he wanted to finish the game," Jones said. "But, it is what it is and just got to move forward. He's an iron man. There's no doubt about that."

More from SI All Lions:

Marvin Jones Jr. on Incomplete Pass: 'Both My Feet Were Down'

Aaron Rodgers and Packers Should Be What Lions Should Strive For

Lions Can't Overcome Poor Calls, Rodgers Puts on Clinic in 31-24 Loss

Quinn and Patricia Drafting Okudah Was Ultimate Mistake

Lions Interview Three Internal Candidates for General Manager

Lions Hiring Robert Saleh Would Yield Two Draft Picks

Get the latest Detroit Lions news by joining our community. Click "Follow" at the top right of our SI All Lions page. Mobile users click the notification bell. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @DetroitPodcast.