Matthew Stafford keeps getting hit. And he keeps getting right back up.
The Detroit Lions quarterback was hit at least 10 times in Sunday's 26-16 loss against the Minnesota Vikings, including twice as he was running defenselessly out of bounds. He suffered a rib injury in the beating, and underwent X-rays after the game.
His status for the home opener on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos is unclear. But if Monday was any indication, he stands a pretty good chance of being in the lineup.
Stafford led Detroit's walk-through on Monday, and multiple players said he was moving much better.
He refused to take any questions in the locker room afterward, but he looked and sounded much better than he did after the game, when he had to wheeze his way through a 4-minute press conference, the story said. While is status is in doubt, this is at least a good sign he has a chance to play in Week 3. The story also added that Stafford said he was feeling "all right" in a radio interview Monday.