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Matthew Stafford will be ready for Lions offseason program, back feels ‘really good’

Jesse Reed
Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford was shut down for the final two months of the 2019 season with a fractures in his back, but the Detroit Lions quarterback expects to be fully healthy soon.

Speaking about this coming offseason, Stafford said he expects to be ready for the team’s offseason program, per Paula Pasche of Lions Lowdown, and that people shouldn’t worry about his back going forward.

“I’m not concerned about it, that should make people feel good. I’m the one living with the back. I feel very good about it,’’ Stafford said on Monday during the team locker clean-out period.

Stafford also shared that he has been throwing the ball and that he’s feeling “really good.”

“I feel really good which is good. I’ve had quite a bit of rest and I think I’ll be feeling really, really good pretty darn soon to tell you the truth,’’ Stafford said.

Before suffering his back injury earlier this year, Stafford was having a tremendous season for the Lions. Starting eight games, he passed for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. If he can get back to playing that brand of football and stays healthy in 2020, the Lions will be a formidable team.