Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has already had to watch a pair of games due to injury with more coming, but he stated on Wednesday that he is not interested in going on injured reserve for the rest of this season due to the fractured bones in his back.
Stafford said via ESPN that he’s not spoken to the Lions coaching staff about the possibility of going on IR, and that he’d like to still make a comeback in 2019.
Lions coach Matt Patricia said Stafford will be with the team watching practice but not participating this week.
At 3-6-1 the season is starting to slip away for the Lions, but that’s not stopping Stafford from making it known no matter the record, he plans on playing again this season.
“This is what I love to do. I love playing football,” Stafford said.
“I appreciate all the hard work that all the guys in this locker room and in his organization put into going out there and trying to win games on Sunday, and I love being a part of that.
“It’s tough for me to sit there without the pads on and not being able to impact the game on the field the way I’m used to doing, so that’s driving me to get back out there, and whenever we all deem it’s the right time to be back out there, I’ll be out there.”
Stafford said “that’s a good question” when asked if at some point his health for the 2020 season becomes a larger factor, but he then reiterated that “if I’m healthy enough to go play, I’m going to go play.”