Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
It looks like Matthew Stafford could miss Sunday's game against the Vikings because of a leg injury.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford started every game last season, which was his goal in the offseason after dealing with multiple injuries in his first two years in the NFL. While Stafford still dealt with injuries at times, they weren't enough to keep him out of a game.
This season, Stafford may see his streak of games played come to an end in Week 4. While it's still early in the week, it's a real possibility that Stafford could miss Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to Jason La Canfora.
Lions unsure if Matt Stafford will be able to go next week with his muscle pull. Keeping options open. As source said "he's one tough dude"— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 24, 2012
Unless Stafford is rendered completely immobile by this injury, it would be surprising if he doesn't play. While you obviously don't want him to risk further injury, the Lions have a bye next week, meaning he would get extra time to recover. What's more, Stafford probably doesn't want to miss time and once again receive the "injury prone" label, so it would probably take a lot to keep him out.
At the same time, if Stafford is unable to play, chances are he would only miss one game because of the bye being in Week 5. Shaun Hill showed on Sunday that he is more than capable of leading the Lions' offense, so if Stafford is out for one week, it's not exactly the end of the world.