Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is said to have suffered a serious injury in the 201
Stafford denied the eighth consecutive season of all 16 games and threw 21 touchdown passes on the way to 6-10 years, but apparently he has hurt more than people thought.
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"He had a broken back last year," Lions beat writer Mike O'Hara told Ken Brown of WJR a podcast Tuesday. "Broken bones in the back."
Stafford played with so-called "tiny breaks" in the back, NFL.com reported.
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Stafford was listed in the team's injury report toward the end of the season, but MLive.com has not disclosed the full extent of his injuries. Sources told the news agency that Stafford's injuries were more severe than previously reported.
Stafford, who has completed a series of 128 games, was forced to end the team's first game against the New York Jets and injured his little finger
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The Lions start their season on September 8th on the way against the Cardinals of Arizona.