Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said on Monday he wanted to be outside, but ultimately did what he thought was best for the team when he faced Chicago on Sunday and finished his run with 136 games.
"Ultimately, I think I made the right decision," said Stafford. "Give my pads to somebody else and go play."
He's once again dealing with a back injury, though he emphasized that it's a different injury than last season he played through. Lions coach Matt Patricia downgraded him from day to day, week to week on Monday, as Stafford confirmed.
However, he said he had no interest in turning it off for the season.
That's not what I think at the moment, "Stafford said," I think I want to try to get out there as soon as possible to help us win. "
Stafford said there was a group of people talked about whether or not to start with the Lions 20-13 defeat against the Bears At some point, he considered getting dressed to try and be available when the team had to hand him over or wait for an extra point. 19659002] The 31-year-old quarterback said he knew Saturday he would not start the game, but thought he could still get dressed Stafford said the decision on Sunday would have been whether he had disguised himself as an emergency player or not.
He called watching the Sunday "a strange feeling" and one he was not used to in the past.
"I probably was." In one of the stranger places, I've been thinking about this game for a long time is look, "said Stafford. "I'm just trying to pull for the guys."
Stafford said he lost, if not more, his typical number of repetitions during the week, feeling good. He was surprised what the scans showed on Friday.
"Of course I want to be out there with the guys," Stafford said. "I think it was the right decision, a collective decision, but it's tough, I love playing this game."
"Working really hard to be out there for my teammates, but I was not in able to do this hard pill to swallow. I thought, Jeff did a great job, played great and I think the guys gathered around him, which is good.
Stafford has thrown 2,499 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. In week 7, he was the fastest quarterback to pass league history for 40,000 yards.