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New Lion C.J. Mosley apologizes for injuring Matthew Stafford

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The best game of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s rookie year was also the most painful, as Stafford took a brutal shot from Browns defensive tackle C.J. Mosley as the clock ran out on what appeared to be an incomplete pass on the final play of a losing effort.

It turned out not to be the final play (the Browns had been flagged for pass interference), and although Mosley had injured Stafford’s shoulder, Stafford came back onto the field for one last play, on which he threw a touchdown pass that gave the Lions a 38-37 win.

That was a memorable game for Lions fans, as it was the clearest indication that they had made the right choice when they took Stafford with the first pick in the draft, but the injury was the most memorable part for Stafford. And when Mosley signed with the Lions on Wednesday, Stafford told Mosley that he hadn’t forgotten.

And Mosley apologized.

“I actually just ran into Stafford in the locker room today and the first thing he said was, ‘I remember this guy’,” Mosley told “I said, ‘Look, man, I apologize.’ He said there were no hard feelings. We shook hands. We’re cool. You can tell the City of Detroit and all the fans that I apologize.”

Mosley says he’s enthusiastic about being the third defensive tackle in a rotation with starters Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. The 29-year-old Mosley, who started 13 games for the Jaguars last year, will be the veteran leader in that group.

“I’m very excited to play with the guys they have here. They have two young beasts at defensive tackle and I’m very excited to play with them,” Mosley said.

And Stafford is excited about knowing he’ll be wearing a red hands-off jersey whenever he faces Mosley.

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21 Responses to “New Lion C.J. Mosley apologizes for injuring Matthew Stafford”
  1. michaeljacksonisback says: Apr 4, 2013 8:45 AM

    He’s happy to be a lion huh? Test this guy for Adderall immediately!

  2. scoops1 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:45 AM

    one day SUH will apologize to EDS for stomping on him

  3. unkrautsalat says: Apr 4, 2013 8:50 AM

    Anyone remember the NFL Films SoundFx of that game? That was awesome.

  4. randallflagg52 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:53 AM

    Matt Stafford is one of the greatest QB’s in fantasy leagues. However in the National Football League, he’s somewhere around #12. Everyone like garbage time stats…

  5. cptkickurass says: Apr 4, 2013 9:04 AM

    Here’s a cool fact that I’m sure nobody cares about. C.J. Mosely played football in highschool right outside of Ft Leonard Wood, MO while I was stationed there, and I got to watch him play. The kid was a joy to watch play, and a class act even then.

  6. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 4, 2013 9:11 AM

    Mosley a locker-room leader? That’s new. Nice fella, but not going to take charge of a bunch like the Lions. Especially after stops in Cleveland and Jax.

  7. mungman69 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:11 AM

    Will the Lions win more than 4 games?

  8. thegrey7 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:14 AM

    Hopefully Mosley’s acceptance of responsibility will rub off on Suh.

  9. kayakattack says: Apr 4, 2013 9:17 AM

    First problem, you apologized .. Joe Greene is rolling around somewhere

  10. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 4, 2013 9:57 AM

    Wish he would have injured Jim harbaughs big mouth rather than Staffords shoulder.

  11. Iknoweverything says: Apr 4, 2013 10:16 AM

    Why apologize? A light breeze would injure Softy Stafford.

  12. malekmj says: Apr 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    This is actually a really good signing. The Lions actually have a player on the team that can…..stop the run. Awesome.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 4, 2013 10:35 AM

    Mosley is a little long in the tooth and you can’t win in the long-term if you give everybody a generous contract. They barely went under the average pay per player with him and I don’t see how this move helps us very much.

    And why didn’t they re-sign Corey Williams yet? I’ve been begging for them to trade him for years (along with many other proven losers that keep piling up) and the Lions kept saying no because he was too good to let go, so can somebody please recap for me what we accomplished with CW and why he’s not on the team now?

  14. vertskate900 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:02 AM

    Lololol…I’m sorry but any story about the Lions just cracks me up! Detroilet is a joke!

  15. hatesycophants says: Apr 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    The guy came back into the game with a mangled shoulder and threw a TD to win the game. After surgery on that shoulder, 10,000 yards in two seasons. How is that soft?

    When you make ridiculous comments like that, no matter the reason, people are going to call you a troll.

  16. bminder1972 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    Detroit still needs a running game. Need a good power-back instead of a “stat”-back.

  17. johnnycash19 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:03 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Apr 4, 2013 10:35 AM

    Mosley is a little long in the tooth and you can’t win in the long-term if you give everybody a generous contract. They barely went under the average pay per player with him and I don’t see how this move helps us very much.

    And why didn’t they re-sign Corey Williams yet?

    Lol what?

    Mosley, 29, 2 years $ 2.75 million

    Williams, who is now 32, was making $4.9 million in 2011 and 2012.

    So you want to pay more for an older guy in Williams, yet you want to complain the Lions are signing older players for more money?

  18. malekmj says: Apr 4, 2013 2:08 PM

    @The Strategy Expert!!!!

    You must have made your name on opposite day. Cause basically everything you said shows no concept of strategy that makes any sense. This is the first offseason where the FO is building a team that actually has the components to win. Mosley is a RUN STOPPER. one of the best in the game. Go look up his PFF stats. Thats what this team needs. We already have SUH and Fairley to get after the QB. No need for C WILL. To expensive…AND he takes snaps away from younger better players.

  19. kwjsb says: Apr 4, 2013 4:45 PM

    ” Lion C.J. Mosley apologizes” ???
    Why ??
    It was a clean and legal hit….

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 4, 2013 5:08 PM


    No that’s not what I’m saying at all. I’m saying I didn’t approve of CW being here in the first place and I’m wondering what the justification was for him being here.

    To malekmj that also chimed in, well that sounds really good, but what was the story that came along with CW when we chose to invest in him? These are the same guys making this deal now for Moseley today correct?

  21. leoskoolaid says: Apr 5, 2013 7:55 AM

    I believe this to be a solid pickup depth on the d line is always a good thing, one less need heading into the draft.

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