Lions' Matthew Stafford Underwent X-Rays on Rib Injury; Status TBD

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIIDecember 14, 2020

Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford warms up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Matt Ludtke/Associated Press

Detroit Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell told reporters quarterback Matthew Stafford underwent X-rays on the rib injury he suffered during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, though it's "too early to tell" if the veteran will miss any time.

"I think it's too early to tell," Bevell said after the Lions' 31-24 loss to the Packers on Sunday. "Matthew Stafford is as tough as they come. He's a huge competitor. I know he's going to want to be out there with his team, so it's going to have to be pretty drastic for him not to be in there."

The 12th-year veteran missed time last season with a non-displaced fracture in his spine, which limited him to just eight appearances, but that was the first significant setback for the 32-year-old since he had surgery to repair his AC joint in 2010. He collected more than 4,000 passing yards every year from 2011-17.

Stafford entered play with 3,278 passing yards, 21 touchdown throws and nine interceptions.

Chase Daniel slots in as the backup in Detroit and played some in Sunday's game.

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An NFL journeyman, the 34-year-old has played for the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. In his lone appearance for the Lions this season before Sunday, he went 8-of-13 passing for 94 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the team's Week 9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.