Matthew Stafford Injury: Updates on Lions QB's Leg

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 23, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Akeem Ayers #56 of the Tennessee Titans makes a tackle against Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the game at LP Field on September 23, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions made a ridiculous fourth-quarter comeback on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn't Matthew Stafford who led the last-minute assault. 

That's because the young quarterback was forced out of the game due to a leg injury.

The news comes from's Michael Fabiano:

Matthew Stafford has a strained leg muscle. Done for the day.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) Sept. 23, 2012

UPDATE: Monday, September 24 at 2:39 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz declined to comment on Matthew Stafford's injury, but did say his Week 4 status would be determined Friday, according to Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett

Jim Schwartz on Stafford: "I don't have any comment" on how his MRI went. Said he'll make a determination on Friday

— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 24, 2012


UPDATE: Monday, September 24 at 1:25 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Potentially bad news, Lions fans—Stafford's status for Week 3 is up in the air. From Jason La Canfora of CBS:

Lions unsure if Matt Stafford will be able to go next week with his muscle pull. Keeping options open. As source said "he's one tough dude"

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 24, 2012

Obviously, this is bad news for Stafford owners in fantasy football. But it could also be tough news for Calvin Johnson owners, as the wide receiver tends to see a slight dip in production when Stafford is shelved. Stay tuned.

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UPDATE: Sunday, September 23 at 5:58 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford reporter Anwar Richardson narrowed Stafford's injury down to two choices Sunday evening:

#Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he is unsure if he injured his hamstring or glut. Will have MRI tomorrow #NFL

— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) September 23, 2012

The Lions 44-41 loss to Tennessee hurts, but losing their prized signal-caller for any length of time would hurt worse.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding Stafford's status.

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With the Lions down 34-27 late in the fourth, Stafford was leading what appeared to be a game-tying drive, but after tight end Brandon Pettigrew fumbled the ball away deep in Tennessee's territory, Stafford was forced to chase Alterraun Verner as the corner raced away for a defensive touchdown.

There's a reason (most) quarterbacks don't run.

Stafford came up limping, and suddenly the Lions were down by 14 points and without their star quarterback. 

No fear, because 32-year-old Shaun Hill was ready to step into Stafford's big shoes.


Hill came in and immediately led an 80-yard touchdown drive in 58 seconds. Then, after the Lions recovered the following onside kick with 18 seconds left, he delivered a 46-yard Hail Mary to Titus Young to tie the game as time expired. 

No Stafford, no problem. Hill compiled 122 yards and two touchdowns in under two minutes to send the game to overtime. 

Nonetheless, while it's good for Lions fans to know that they have a veteran QB and solid running back (Mikel Leshoure hit the 100-yard rushing mark in his first career game on Sunday) to step up in Stafford's absence, it didn't appear that his injury was all that serious.

We'll keep you updated as news regarding Stafford's leg injury becomes known.