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MRI coming for Matthew Stafford

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The Lions have lost two straight games after a 5-0 start.  And now they have to worry about losing their starting quarterback.

Matthew Stafford suffered a right leg injury late in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Stafford will have an MRI to examine whether and to what extent he has damage to both his knee and his ankle.

We’re told that Stafford is optimistic that he’ll be OK.  “It takes a tank to keep him out,” the source said.

Anyone who saw Stafford fight his way back onto the field in 2009 to throw the winning touchdown against the Browns knows that it may take more than a tank to keep him out.

The Lions head to Denver next weekend to face the Broncos and Tim Tebow.

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55 Responses to “MRI coming for Matthew Stafford”
  1. trbowman says: Oct 23, 2011 7:42 PM

    Schwartz is notoriously tight-lipped about injuries

  2. trbowman says: Oct 23, 2011 7:43 PM

    Fortunately for them they have one of the best backups in the league in Shaun Hill.

  3. jetfaninla says: Oct 23, 2011 7:43 PM

    That’s really sad if he’s really hurt. This kid could truly be a NFL star if he could just stay healthy.

  4. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:44 PM

    here we go again.

  5. tdk24 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:44 PM

    Matthew Glassford. Some kids are just cursed.

  6. sniffles sports report says: Oct 23, 2011 7:44 PM

    a tank? thats a long way from his own teammate calling him a china doll. when will this kid stay healthy?

  7. ahs2 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:47 PM

    Cool, no running back or quarterback to complement our tremendous offensive “scheme”!

  8. frankgarrett says: Oct 23, 2011 7:47 PM

    You hear that ??? That’s the smallest Violin playing for you Detroit .. 2 games behind GB .. Coming back down to reality . Again. can you hear that Violin??

  9. bukes111 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    So does anyone think Tebow is praying for Stafford’s injury to become serious?

  10. Dynasty says: Oct 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    Turn your hat around and start looking like a man kid! Does anyone else see his “i think i’m just the natural” look on his face?? If you want a career like Brady’s you better work harder and study hard kid. 1st half of games he looks really bad.

  11. aaronp2098 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:55 PM

    A tank?
    Oct. ’09
    Right knee injury
    Nov. ’09
    Separated left shoulder
    Dec. ’09
    Re-injures left shoulder
    Dec. ’09
    Knee surgery
    Sept. ’10
    Separated right shoulder
    Nov. ’10
    Separated right shoulder…again
    Jan. 11
    Shoulder surgery

  12. packfaninchitown says: Oct 23, 2011 7:59 PM

    Hope this is minor for you Matt, you guys have come way too far to stop now. I’m hoping for 10-6 or better for you guys…

  13. otis52gsh says: Oct 23, 2011 7:59 PM

    He ain’t that good anyway. Don’t ever want anyone to get injured(unless your classless like suh) but he really is not that good of a QB. Look at his numbers, they ain’t impressive at all. Hill should be starting.

  14. gojags says: Oct 23, 2011 8:00 PM

    someone from the falcons team, should have taunted the Suh on the sideline.

  15. cletusvandam says: Oct 23, 2011 8:06 PM

    It was fun while it lasted Lions fans, but welcome back to reality.

  16. kd727 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:08 PM

    If it takes a tank to keep Stafford out then the Lions must have had a ton of tanks around the facility over the past few years.

  17. axespray says: Oct 23, 2011 8:10 PM

    probably should have drafted some Offensive linemen instead of another D-Tackle.

  18. pbolyard says: Oct 23, 2011 8:12 PM

    Shaun Hill is solid if he needs to play. If the Lions don’t get back on track next week against Denver then the promise we saw earlier in the year just goes down the drain. Losing games to Atlanta and the Niners is nothing to hang your head about.

  19. mondzy805 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:13 PM

    I’m glad my 49ers, exposed this team

  20. getsome636 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:14 PM

    The Lions are who we thought they were……. Stafford is who we though he was, made of glass! I do not wish him to get hurt, but damn he is cursed.

  21. oren120 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:30 PM

    Look, the “glass” comments are getting really tired.

    Yes, Stafford has been hurt multiple times. It’s a mix of bad luck, and one of the worst offensive lines ever assembled.

    The common factor of the Lions struggles in the last couple games are the complete destruction of the offensive line. Starting in Minnesota, Stafford has been on the run more often than not, and it’s starting to mess with his head. He’s forcing throws, and rushing too much. But when Jeff Backus is spending more time on the ground than my newborn son, it’s hard for Stafford to be as good as he could be.

    Stafford has a lot of potential, or at least we think. Until Mayhew gets some decent protection for Stafford (and the running game), we won’t really know what he’s capable of.

  22. gbfanforever says: Oct 23, 2011 8:38 PM

    ”It takes a tank to keep him out,”

    Um, am I missing something or has the nfl allowed many teams to use tanks in games?

  23. bearsfanohio says: Oct 23, 2011 8:46 PM

    Why, do so many, people insist on, putting commas, in such bizarre, places?
    19 games in 3 years means there are a lot of tanks in the NFL.

  24. johnnycash19 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:48 PM

    Saying Stafford is “made of glass” is pretty ridiculous. Did anyone see the Minnesota game? Heck even the 49er game. He got hit and hit hard and kept getting back up. That O-line is the problem.

  25. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 23, 2011 8:56 PM

    Oh well, Detroit always has the Red Wings.

  26. geniusfan says: Oct 23, 2011 9:07 PM

    Karma. With that punk Suh trying to injure players this is what the Lions deserve.

    I hope those clowns enjoy it.

  27. chobes68 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:16 PM

    @mondzy805
    exposed, really? understand the term in a sports context. you won the game, and barely. exposed would indicate your team blew them out, exloiting a weakness, time and time again. use that definition next time you try to use the adult words.

  28. gosuhgo says: Oct 23, 2011 9:23 PM

    Thank god we have the Broncos next.. I’m confident Shaun could handle them. Hopefully it’s not too serious so Matt can get back after the bye.

  29. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 23, 2011 9:29 PM

    He’s like the Greg Oden of pro football.

  30. goldrush36 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:32 PM

    Hate for any player to go down, but I believe this may just be Karma for Suh and Avrill taunting Ryan while waiting for medical attention.

  31. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:38 PM

    This has nothing to do with him being a China doll, he had a player roll up his leg, nobody would walk away from that healthy

  32. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:41 PM

    Mondzy805:
    Who exposed your 9ers? The cowboys? Who exposed the cowboys? The lions? Any given Sunday man, any given Sunday, keep your head forward, not in the past

  33. rollerino1 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:55 PM

    lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:38 PM

    This has nothing to do with him being a China doll, he had a player roll up his leg, nobody would walk away from that healthy
    ================

    Except for Matt Ryan whose ankle was rolled up on to the point where the inside of his ankle bone was touching the ground……..he came back in the next play.

  34. diablito0402 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:07 PM

    Maybe some falcons should of danced around staffords injury,, countdown to meltdown …,9.8.7.6.5……..,..lol

  35. klunge says: Oct 23, 2011 11:36 PM

    Stafford has quite frankly looked lost the last couple games. Probably better for him to sit out and collect his cool again. Hill will do a great job just like last year.

  36. raider23mike says: Oct 23, 2011 11:44 PM

    GREAT! KARMA!! Suh comments to M.Ryan showed why the NFL Universe wants the Lions to go back to misery. They can’t handle success, yet alone defeat; ex: their wimpy coach wanting to fight because he had a bad taste of defeat. .

  37. cowboyscountry says: Oct 23, 2011 11:46 PM

    Mr. Glass

  38. mwcarolina says: Oct 24, 2011 12:16 AM

    He ain’t that good anyway. Don’t ever want anyone to get injured(unless your classless like suh) but he really is not that good of a QB. Look at his numbers, they ain’t impressive at all.
    —————————————————
    this line is just insane, HILL!!!!! look at the record, look at the stats. Stafford MAKES this offense what it is, without him, this is a 6 and 10 team at best.

    As for the Stafford made of glass lines, this is just dumb. maybe you should look into the injuries and see that these are pretty hard hits. one of them was on his ankle and what will you say if he doesnt miss any time with this injury?? this offensive line though is terriable.

  39. mondzy805 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:30 AM

    That Wide 9 Defense screams, run up the Gut. My 49ers did that, ran right at Suh. The Falcons did that today. We exposed that, ask all the Eagles fans. Same thing. That Wide 9 defense has Fatal flaws.

  40. footballfan80 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:33 AM

    johnnycash19:

    If he isnt made of glass, than is anyone? The guy really isnt even as durable as glass, so its an insult to anything made of glass. As far as him not getting killed, his injury against the Jets last year that knocked him out for the season he was barely even touched on. Again, lets be more respectful to the material glass.

  41. footballfan80 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:38 AM

    chobes68:

    I thought “exposed” is the perfect word to describe this game. You cant pin your hopes on a team every single season around a QB who barely ever plays, someone who “repeatedly” gets injured. That would defenitely fit your defenition of the word “Exposed.”

  42. Derty Ernie says: Oct 24, 2011 12:43 AM

    A tank? A tank to keep him out? Were talking China doll Stafford here. If he goes down with a season ending injury and the Lions go on losing streak and miss the playoffs again, Stafford will be lucky to make third string next year.
    The Lions will be absolutely forced to get another QB who will be the future and give up on him. This would be year 3 of 3 that he failed to make it through the season.
    The Lions FANS can’t stand for anymore of this. Stafford would have to be demoted for sure and play insurance ball.

  43. tree2j says: Oct 24, 2011 1:12 AM

    Last Time I check we are 5-2 still better than half the teams in the NFC. We lost to a Falcons team who had the best record in the league last yr. We got the sorry Broncos next week if we lose to them then I’ll worry. I’m glad the bandwagon fans are gone.

  44. mikeb4u says: Oct 24, 2011 2:16 AM

    After all is said and done–the lions still suck.

  45. asublimeday says: Oct 24, 2011 3:40 AM

    Last Time I check we are 5-2 still better than half the teams in the NFC. We lost to a Falcons team who had the best record in the league last yr. We got the sorry Broncos next week if we lose to them then I’ll worry. I’m glad the bandwagon fans are gone.
    —-/——-
    “we”?

    What position do you play for the lions?

    Based on the fact that you live in Detroit, keep in mind that “crack dealer” isn’t a position in football.

  46. r8erswilldebacleyou says: Oct 24, 2011 4:54 AM

    Is it just me who thinks that Shaun Hill is more of a playmaker than Stafford?

  47. jimmysee says: Oct 24, 2011 6:43 AM

    Heady times for the improving Lions — hope Stafford is ok.

    Looking forward (still) to the Packers – Lions game on Thanksgiving Day.

  48. londonfletcher says: Oct 24, 2011 8:11 AM

    “Oh well, Detroit always has the Red Wings”

    Not Saturday night, The Caps throat punched ‘em! And I was there to see it!

  49. catchhester23 says: Oct 24, 2011 8:12 AM

    Sounds like stafford should hang with cutler and learn how to take a sack! Looks like that game in chicago is going to be the turning point for the year. Bears reclaim 2nd place in nfc north. Lions are a competitive team but no playoff team yet. You lost to the falcons at home there not that good this year. Its how you finish not how you start.

  50. h0c2000 says: Oct 24, 2011 8:16 AM

    I guess there’s a lot of tanks in the NFL.

  51. klunge says: Oct 24, 2011 8:27 AM

    mikeb4u says:
    Oct 24, 2011 2:16 AM
    After all is said and done–the lions still suck.
    ————————————————-

    They actually have plenty of talent, there’s no reason for them to suck. It seems they are just choosing to. This coming from a distressed fan.

  52. achamarro1 says: Oct 24, 2011 10:47 AM

    Okay. The falcons aren’t as good as last year..hhhmmm best tight end to ever play game top wide reciever really good running back oh and Matt Ryan a top QB and they just beat the lions. And the lions didn’t play that well.

  53. atthemurph says: Oct 24, 2011 11:54 AM

    “Get the cart”

  54. achamarro1 says: Oct 24, 2011 7:36 PM

    Matt Ryan didn’t just miss one play…he went to locker room and came back..unless he is the flash u idiot he had to miss more than one play.

  55. achamarro1 says: Oct 25, 2011 12:41 PM

    Haters hate……he got his ankle rolled up on you telling me he is a china doll…..really guarantee if any of us took one hit from a NFL player they would have to body bag us……yes he has been injured too much but bad luck is just that. The “natural” look ok on his face is more like a confused 3rd year QB who barely played a full season over the last 3minute years…c’mon man

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