Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford suffered a right knee injury during Sunday’s 48-24 loss to the Bears and wasn’t able to return to the game. Lions coach Jim Schwartz later confirmed that Stafford “twisted” his knee.
“He wasn’t able to get it warmed back up again and we didn’t want to put him back in the game,” Schwartz said. “If he was healthy enough, he would have gone back into the game.”
Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft, was injured during the fourth quarter and replaced by veteran backup Daunte Culpepper with the Lions trailing 41-24. Schwartz was adamant during his postgame news conference that he wasn’t conceding the game and it was Stafford’s injury that prevented him from re-entering.
Stafford was injured while being sacked for an 11-yard loss by Adewale Ogunleye and later had the knee wrapped. Stafford finished the game 24-of-36 passing for 296 yards and one touchdown with one interception.