Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford departed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter due to injured ribs.
Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell said after the game that Stafford was getting X-rays on his ribs. Bevell said it was “too early to tell” if Stafford will miss any games.
Stafford was hurt after he scrambled for 6 yards and was tackled by Green Bay’s Kenny Clark.
He stayed in for the next play, a 2-yard touchdown run by Kerryon Johnson with 6:30 remaining, but came off the field holding his left side. Stafford didn’t return when the Lions next had at the ball as backup Chase Daniel finished up the game.
Stafford twice went to the locker room for treatment, returning to the field on both occasions to lob some practice throws. After the second round of throws, he displayed visible discomfort that made it clear to Bevell that he couldn’t continue.
“Obviously we know (No.) 9 is a warrior, man,” left tackle Taylor Decker said, referring to Stafford by his uniform number. “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. Obviously, the team will take a look at it, but the medical stuff’s not really my thing.”
Daniel said in his postgame media session that Stafford “was in pain for sure. He got bent over sideways out there.”
Stafford completed 24 of 34 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown before exiting.
Daniel was 3-of-6 passing for 29 yards in his second appearance for the Lions. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 94 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9 when Stafford departed to be evaluated for a possible concussion.
Stafford has passed for 3,522 yards and 22 touchdowns against nine interceptions this season.
The Lions (5-8) visit the Tennessee Titans next Sunday. If Daniel draws the start, it will be the sixth of his 11-year NFL career.