REPORT: Lions’ Matthew Stafford played with broken back in 2018

Jan 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

2018 was not the best season for Detroit Lions‘ quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Not only did Stafford have a down season statistically, but the Lions finished with a 6-10 record and out of the playoffs.

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During the Lions Dec. 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Stafford hurt his back and despite missing practices the next week, he suited up and played against the Arizona Cardinals.

In that game, Stafford was held to just 101 passing yards and zero touchdowns but according to Mike O’Hara of, the Lions’ signal-caller may have been playing with a broken back.

One the most recent edition of the Ken Brown and Mike O’Hara podcast, O’Hara casually revealed that Stafford played with broken bones in his back this past season.

“As it turns out, he had a broken back last year, broken bones in his back,” O’Hara said.

As soon as O’Hara said it, Brown chimed in surprised.

“Were you supposed to say that?” Brown replied.

O’Hara replied that it had already been reported, but unless I missed something, that’s not the case. It had been reported that he played with an injured back but if there is a report out there that Stafford’s back was broken, I missed it.

This is just another example of how much of an ironman Matthew Stafford is.

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