Lions QB Matthew Stafford 'taking it day by day' with bad right hip
September 27, 2012
By Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer
Injuries, unfortunately, are nothing new for Matthew Stafford.
The Lions' quarterback missed six games his rookie season with knee and shoulder problems, and most of 2010 with two separated right shoulders that eventually required surgery.
Last year, Stafford played through a broken finger on his throwing hand and a bad ankle sprain, and he said Wednesday he has learned a thing or two about how to manage his body as he tries to return from his latest ailment, a right hip injury, in time for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
"I don't know if it's (about pain tolerance)," Stafford said. "You just kind of learn how to block stuff out, that's the biggest thing. I played my whole rookie year, really, after the Chicago game (when my kneecap popped out of place), with something at least. So you just got to learn to block it out.
"But I'm no different than everybody else. Everybody in that locker room's got something. So there's a lot of guys doing what I'm doing."
Stafford sat out practice Wednesday with an injury he originally suffered last Thursday, but there was nothing out of the ordinary about his gait and he said he's "getting better" after three straight days of extensive treatment.
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