Bye week 'helpful' for banged-up Matthew Stafford, Lions

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Matthew Stafford insists his current injury, a hip issue that showed up on last Friday's injury report, is not related to the serious back injury that plagued him down the stretch of the 2018 season. 

The box score from Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs doesn't reflect Stafford being bothered by the hip, but he was visibly laboring at times, even during his pregame warm-up. The Lions even uncharacteristically kept three quarterbacks active for the contest, just in case. 

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford fumbles the ball after getting hit by Chiefs' Chris Jones and Kendall Fuller but Detroit is able to recover in the second quarter.

Not that Stafford would ever let anyone in on how much the pain bothered him. 

"No," Stafford said when asked for details after the game. "I was OK. I was out there. I was playing. I’ve played through a lot in my career. Like I say, work a long time to get opportunities to go out there and play. Don’t take any of them for granted. Obviously, it was a big game, big game at home for us. They’re all big, and I wanted to be out there for my guys."

The Lions catch an early bye this season, coming at a good time for Stafford and others to rest and recuperate, before a critical divisional matchup with Green Bay Oct. 14. 

"I think a month into the NFL season, everyone has something that they’re dealing with," Lions coach Matt Patricia said Monday. "Whether they deal with it for a prolonged period of time, or whether it is day-to-day, or sometimes maybe it’s a couple weeks in and then finally turns the corner. We’ll see.

"Everybody’s a little bit different on all of that," Patricia said. "Certainly, having this opportunity now with the bye week to try to get everybody a little bit of rest when we can, is always helpful, but I think everybody is a little bit from that standpoint."