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VIDEO: Matthew Stafford injured on outstanding TD play, but returns to play

The Lions got a big scare on a big play.

The Detroit Lions came up with a huge play to start the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, but it didn’t come without a huge scare.

On a free play thanks to too-many-men on the Vikings, Matthew Stafford launched a ball downfield to Marvin Jones Jr., who miraculously caught the ball with two defenders in his face. He scampered to the end zone to bring the Lions within four points with plenty of time to play:

But after Stafford let the ball go, a Vikings defender, locked up with Corey Robinson, slammed into the quarterback’s lower right leg. Because Robinson tossed the defender into Stafford, there was no penalty on the play for roughing the passer.

Stafford was down on the field for a bit, but eventually walked under his own power. According to the FOX sideline crew, the Lions medical staff was not tending to Stafford’s knee, which is a good sign. Former NFL doctor David J. Chao also gave a promising diagnosis based on replays.

Thankfully, Stafford returned to the lineup, but we’ll see how limited he is.

We’ll continue to update this article, as more information comes along.