Matthew Stafford: Being away from family, team all week weighed on me

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to rejoin the team on Sunday after spending the week in isolation from them and his family after being exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

That stress of being away from his family was exacerbated when his daughter fell out of a high chair and suffered a concussion. Stafford said he considered breaking isolation and ending his chance of playing so he could be with her and the rest of his family, but opted not to when his wife found help for their other kids.

Stafford’s Sunday ended when he went for a concussion evaluation in the fourth quarter. He was cleared, but did not return to the 34-20 loss and said after the game that the stress of the week weighed on him.

“I understand it’s a pandemic and people’s health and safety are at risk, and I would feel terrible if I brought that in and infected a bunch of teammates or coaches or whatever it is,” Stafford said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It doesn’t make it easy, but everybody in the league’s doing it. I just hate being away from my family. Finish a practice, finish a game, go hug my daughters, hug my wife, that’s what sometimes makes it worth it for me, and not being able to see them and hang with them has been really tough. But there’s other people dealing with the same kind of stuff I am. But that’s just the hard part for me.”

Stafford was 23-of-32 for 211 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving the game. He and the Lions will hope for a calmer week leading up to next Sunday’s game against Washington.

7 responses to “Matthew Stafford: Being away from family, team all week weighed on me

  1. We’re all sorry you had to go through that. However it’s time to move on from Stafford. Losing for all these years has ruined him and maybe a change of scenery might help him on the back half of his career. Time for the Lions to tank again. Fire Quinn and Patricia and let a new GM and head coach lead this team in hopefully the right direction.

  2. Be mad at Management/Ownership, Matthew. If they had drafted Tua, you could have spent all kinds of time with your kids!

  3. My wife and I both had COVID (symptoms were relatively mild, thankfully, but there have been after affects), but the isolation part is mentally draining. I can absolutely see how Stafford would’ve not been his usual self, it takes many weeks, or months, to get back to feeling “normal”. People are way underestimating how difficult that part can be. Wishing the best for him and his family, he seems like an awesome guy.

  4. As a Vikes fan, I’ve always like Matthew and he is wasting his time in Detroit. I apologize to the Lions fans. He still has alot of football tin the tank. He’s a gritty, tough, smart baller who could really benefit from a change of scenery.

  5. Stafford ain’t the problem in Detroit (although those 2 INTs were awful) — it’s the coaching staff. If memory serves, the defense only had 10 players on the field in the Colts game on a couple plays too. There is no excuse for that kind of consistent disorganization.

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