Matthew Stafford played with “broken bones” in back

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made the injury report late last season, with a designation of a back injury for the last month of the year.

Perhaps because it never kept him off the field, nothing was made of it.

But team website writer Mike O’Hara said on a WJR podcast that Stafford was actually playing with fractures.

He had a broken back last year,” O’Hara said, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. “Broken bones in his back.”

When asked by his co-host if he was supposed to say that, O’Hara replied: “It’s been reported.”

(Narrator voice: It was not reported.)

Stafford clearly wasn’t himself over the last month of the season, but there was never any recognition (until now) the injury was serious in any way.

He was listed on the injury report with the back thing beginning after Week 13, when he took 11 hits in a loss to the Rams. He remained on the report the rest of the year.

Stafford has started 128 straight games, the sixth-longest streak by a quarterback in league history.

61 responses to “Matthew Stafford played with “broken bones” in back

  1. When asked by his co-host if he was supposed to say that, O’Hara replied: “It’s been reported.”

    (Footage not found.)

  2. QB is playing with broken bones in his back, while the head coach is making them run gassers in practice and shows up late for meetings. Something sucks about that

  3. Even before I heard this, I truly believed that Matthew Stafford was the toughest QB in the NFL. This just solidifies that. But it’s absolutely dangerous to play with broken bones in your back.

  4. There are things that Stafford can be criticized for but toughness sure isn’t one of them . Hoping he has a huge year and gets the Lions into the playoffs .

  5. Wait, is the Lions’ head coach the same Matt Patricia the same guy who called out reporters for not being accountable and being dressed poorly?

    Seems ironic in light of the fact that Matt Patricia an unkempt slob who routinely shows up late for meetings and fails to report injuries.

  6. First Stafford shows up our Aaron by drinking beer better than Aaron. Now this news comes out.

    I guess there’s just no comparison between the two. Stafford is the better one.

    Aaron will go down as one of the biggest cry baby diva disappointments in NFL history.

  7. Doesn’t use injuries as an excuse except everyone says oh he played poorly or didn’t have a great game but he is very injured and played hurt. I would say just the opposite it seems Stafford gets bailed out a lot because he plays with a injury and the reality is maybe he isn’t that great

  8. I know they are paying him millions, but nothing it worse spending the last half of your life in a wheelchair or worse. They should be punished for playing him, no way he should have been cleared.

  9. I’ve watched enough of Matt Stafford to know he might not be a top tier QB but he’s tough. More than Cam Newton can say. But why are we getting all jiggy with it over a average to barely above average QB?

  10. I tend to not believe this report. Mathew Stafford is as soft as toilet tissue paper. If this was true then Stafford would have been on IR. The Lions need a real QB if they want to be contenders

  11. bullcharger says:
    June 18, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    May I ask why? That seems like the dumbest thing you could ever do. Toughness is one thing, but paralyzed for life is another.

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    Paralysis happens when there is a compression fracture of the spine which crushes or severs the spinal cord., usually caused by hitting something or someone with the crown of the helmet. This is what happened to Ryan Shazier. If you get hit hard enough with someone else’s helmet you can have fractures of the transverse process, the small spurs which extend off of the vertebrae. Not uncommon in QBs because they often get hit in the back while throwing. It’s extremely painful, but isn’t a risk for paralysis because it isn’t putting pressure on the spinal cord.

  12. We all know Stafford is tough as nails, doesn’t need to prove that to anyone.
    But i do question the Lions organisation for letting their Franchise guy trot out there with Broken bones in his back with no chance whatsoever of making the playoffs.

    The Eagles were in striking range of the playoffs and pulled Wentz for the same thing, i understand that’s an easier choice when you have Foles but they did so because letting Wentz play with the injury could have led to a chronic injury. Not sure they’re the same injury, but i do question the motive behind playing him…

  13. camsbiggestfan says:
    June 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    I tend to not believe this report. Mathew Stafford is as soft as toilet tissue paper. If this was true then Stafford would have been on IR. The Lions need a real QB if they want to be contenders.

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    Soft as tissue paper? Hmm. Well, I’ve seen him recover a fumble, so…

  14. Unlike Stafford, Carson Wentz went on IR with his “broken back.” I hope this injury is not becoming more common in the NFL.

  15. Tough as nails. Any doubt, go look at his rookie year tape against Cleveland. He was mic’d up and gets crushed. Arm dangling in pain and goes back out for one more play to win the game.

  16. bullcharger says:
    June 18, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    May I ask why? That seems like the dumbest thing you could ever do. Toughness is one thing, but paralyzed for life is another.

    16 9 Rate This

    Paralysis happens when there is a compression fracture of the spine which crushes or severs the spinal cord., usually caused by hitting something or someone with the crown of the helmet. This is what happened to Ryan Shazier. If you get hit hard enough with someone else’s helmet you can have fractures of the transverse process, the small spurs which extend off of the vertebrae. Not uncommon in QBs because they often get hit in the back while throwing. It’s extremely painful, but isn’t a risk for paralysis because it isn’t putting pressure on the spinal cord.

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    Is that what he broke? Other QBs have played through transverse process fractures, but it did not specifically say that was what Stafford had suffered.

  17. As someone who lost money betting on the Lions last year, I want to know how the team will be penalized for failing to report a serious injury. They’re required to do it, whether we agree with that or not, and yet teams are rarely penalized for not reporting major injuries to star players. As a bettor it sucks.

  18. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    June 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm
    First Stafford shows up our Aaron by drinking beer better than Aaron. Now this news comes out.

    I guess there’s just no comparison between the two. Stafford is the better one.

    Aaron will go down as one of the biggest cry baby diva disappointments in NFL history.

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    Man, are you ever childish. What’s the matter? You can’t handle that Rodgers makes more money in a year than you’ll make in your whole life? Or is it that he gets beautiful women and spends his free time in places with beautiful sandy beaches with them? Or is it that he’s one of the best players to ever play the position of QB? What is it that makes people like you hate this guy so much? Has he hurt you personally? Has he hurt someone you know? Or is it that he has beaten your favorite team more than he’s lost to them? (Bingo!!!!)
    I would really like to know what makes people like you hate someone who has never been arrested, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t beat up women or children, and goes out on the football field and plays as hard as he can to win games?
    I think you really need help for this problem you have with Aaron Rodgers. Every time his name comes up, you jump on him with ridiculous statements. If your comments were well thought out and reasonable, it would be one thing. But they are so lame that it just makes you equal to that handle you picked for yourself above. Maybe that’s it — you’re related to Jeffrey Dahmer. In that case, spend more time making a stew instead of posting in here.

  19. “As someone who lost money betting on the Lions last year, I want to know how the team will be penalized for failing to report a serious injury. They’re required to do it, whether we agree with that or not, and yet teams are rarely penalized for not reporting major injuries to star players. As a bettor it sucks.”

    It was reported. He was on the injury report from week 13 on. They do not have to disclose how serious the injury is, just that there is one.

  20. 3yardsndust says:
    June 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    As someone who lost money betting on the Lions last year, I want to know how the team will be penalized for failing to report a serious injury. They’re required to do it, whether we agree with that or not, and yet teams are rarely penalized for not reporting major injuries to star players. As a bettor it sucks.

    I think your real problem was betting on the Lions. Ever. And in any situation. And in any era. And no matter who is playing QB.

  21. “As someone who lost money betting on the Lions last year, I want to know how the team will be penalized for failing to report a serious injury. ”

    It says right in the article he was on the injury report the last 4 weeks with a back injury, English comprehension get some

  22. He’s another underrated qb I respect never had a good line in his career and incompetent coaches rampant in Detroit. He may have had Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, but other than him he’s been given peanuts for receivers.

  23. patsfan1820 says:
    June 18, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    He’s another underrated qb I respect never had a good line in his career and incompetent coaches rampant in Detroit. He may have had Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, but other than him he’s been given peanuts for receivers.

    Dude, he sux.

  24. The dude takes alot of heat for no playoff wins but he missed alot of games at the beginning of his career. And hasn’t missed a beat since. And on top of his wife’s struggles smh. Not a Lions fan but cut him some slack. He’s never in the news for all the wrong reasons tryin to be a celebrity. He’s all about football. Rooting for the guy.

  25. Yeah Stafford is tough blah blah blah, he’s been there 10 years and has done nothing, but turn the ball over in critical situations (playoff games and more.) Stafford is not a top QB, but he’s right around the Jay Cutler measurement of QBs.

  26. It was hard tell that he was hurt since there weren’t any playoff wins just like when he was completely healthy.

  27. Tough quarterbacks who come to mind for me (just off the top of my head)……Jim Kelly, Terry Bradshaw, Steve McNair, Jim McMahon, Drew Bledsoe…….and a Patriots bonus…..Steve Grogan, who used to get the crap beat out of him and kept coming back for more.

  28. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    June 18, 2019 at 5:13 pm
    Tough as nails. Any doubt, go look at his rookie year tape against Cleveland. He was mic’d up and gets crushed. Arm dangling in pain and goes back out for one more play to win the game.
    ………………………………………………………………………..
    I remember watching that live and became an instant fan of his, tough as nails

  29. Broken back is pretty vague. Its possible to have breaks and very little pain. The biggest concern should be what was broken and if he doesn’t allow it to heal will it lead to more problems. Many of you that played sports don’t even know you’ve probably suffered minor breaks, but if it healed properly you would have no long term problems. If you ignore it or play through it is another story. A bad back in your 30s is no joke.

  30. I’m all for players showing toughness and playing through pain as Stafford has done many times in his career, but taking the field in an NFL game with broken bones in your back is borderline nuts and the kind of thing that can lead to chronic pain the rest of your life. There are limits to anything, team should not allow that in future.

  31. It seems Matthew just can’t catch a break. First his wife had a brain tumor and thankfully she is recovering. Second we just found out he played with broken bones in his back. That is really the kind of player that you would want. But hate it had to come at the expense of his health.

  32. He got sacked like 10 times against the Vikings. He was pounded all year. When the Vikings had a week line, Pat Shurmur Ran a lot of moving pockets and quick throws. Mixed up passes and runs in a way that kept the defense off guard. When he left. The weak line was exposed and cousins got pounded. But Detroit did little to help this guy out. And on top of that they fell behind in games and he had to throw an every down with a week line. Effectively was playing the role of tackling dummy. I’m not surprised he got hurt. I am surprised he kept playing. Tough guy, committed to the Lions.

  33. Wentz played with broken bones in his back last year too. And was shut down bc the superbowl mvp was the backup. Stafford missed tons of time early in his career with throwing shoulder injuries.

    Jussssssst saying…..

  34. jackedupboonie says:
    June 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    …. But why are we getting all jiggy with it…..

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    You lose all credibility when you quote Will Smith rap songs.

  35. I remember watching him take a pounding his rookie year against the Vikings. He popped up every time after some big hits like it was no big deal. He team lost the game but he showed how tough he was. I’ve liked him ever since.

  36. Not surprised at all by this. Toughest QB to play in long time. If you have doubts pull up the video where he separates his shoulder vs Cleveland and stays in the game.

  37. Nagy is an excellent coach, period. We have this bearded criminal from the Patriots continuing our failed legacy in Detroit. Why do you think my handle is what it is? Because, Wayne is the only the coach that has won a playoff game for the Lions. The Bears went from worst to first at the right time. The Packers are in a downward spiral and the Vikings signed an old 2nd string QB that is keeping them down. The Lions, well we all know how absolutely terrible my Lions have been for many, many years. At least it’s the Bears and not the Packers.

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