Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made the injury report late last season, with a designation of a back injury for the last month of the year. Now it’s sounding like the back issue was far more serious than was originally being reported.  

Mike O’Hara said on a WJR podcast that Stafford was actually playing with fractures.


“He had a broken back last year,” O’Hara said, via Kyle Meinke of “Broken bones in his back.”

Asked by Brown if he was supposed to say that, O’Hara says, “it’s been reported. I read that. Word gets out in the NFL.” That has caused some confusion. Reached by phone by MLive, O’Hara says he stands by his reporting.

Crazy thing is, Stafford started every game last season, running his start streak to 128 in a row.

That’s the sixth-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan.

A Broken Back sounds painful enough, let alone to have to play football. 

Stafford threw for only 3,777 yards overall, the fewest of any full season in his career.

His 21 touchdown passes were his fewest since 2012, and his passer rating (89.9) was his worst since 2014.

Sounds like it all adds up now.  

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