22 November 2009
I'm sure everyone who was watching (only a handful, considering the small market penetration, the SE MI blackout and the dearth of web streams) or listening (which would be most fans, including myself when the web stream, which took more than entire half to find, took a dump at the 2 minute warning) had their heart skip a beat or ten when Matthew Stafford was injured on the next to last play of the game.
He took a hellacious shot while unloading the pass, setting up the final heroics. Here's a few screencaps from the highlights posted at (UGH) NFL.com. (The No Fun League is going to be on my personal enemies list for quite some time)
Browns' DT CJ Mosley lauches himself at Stafford like a scud missile
Unlike a scud, Mosley connects with his target
Landing in 3...2...1...
Zero...That's over 300 pounds trying to plant Stafford into the Field Turf
Apparently, defensive tackles bounce
At first glance, you'd have thought the coroner, instead of the trainer, was needed
The best line of the day belongs to The Schwartz, as he didn't expect Stafford back.
"Probably his best play was eluding four team doctors on the sideline that were all trying [to stop him]," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "It's a good thing our team doctors didn't play on varsity because Matt had to work his way back onto the field."
There's some good news regarding the doctor dodging Stafford. Once they caught up with the nimble footed quarterback, x-rays were taken. The Freep's Nick Cotsinoka is reporting those x-rays were negative.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said an initial X ray of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s left shoulder came back negative after today’s dramatic 38-37 victory over Cleveland.
Schwartz said Stafford was having more tests. He declined to give more details – including whether Stafford’s shoulder popped out – and said it was too early to tell whether Stafford could play Thursday against Green Bay.
To be honest, considering how much pain the Lions' franchise appeared to be in while running off the field (instead of celebrating, which was telling) after the game winning TD pass, I'd be surprised if he could play Thursday.
Quoted in Cotsonika's article, Stafford has no idea if he'll be on the field either.
Asked if he could play against the Packers, he laughed. “That’s a good question,” Stafford said.
A question we are going to ask constantly over the next couple of days.
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