The Detroit Lions aren’t saying when they expect Matthew Stafford in town for offseason workouts or how much of the program they expect their quarterback to attend.
The Lions started Phase 1 of the offseason program Monday and declined comment on Stafford’s status for the voluntary workouts.
Stafford’s wife, Kelly, announced she was undergoing brain surgery earlier this month, and Stafford is expected to miss some time to tend to his wife during her recovery.
In Phase 1 of the NFL’s offseason, a period that covers two weeks, players are limited to doing strength and conditioning workouts and physical rehab. No supervised football drills are allowed.
In Phase 2, which covers the three weeks immediately following the draft, teams can hold on-field workouts with coaches that include player instruction and drills, but are not permitted to have live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills.
For Organized Team Activities and mandatory minicamp, 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
The Lions start OTAs on May 20 and hold their mandatory minicamp June 4-6. They conclude veteran workouts June 13.
According to Dr. Jack Rock, a neurosurgeon at Henry Ford Health System and co-director of its Skull Base, Pituitary and Endoscopy Center, surgery like the one Kelly Stafford said she’ll undergo requires a short stay in intensive care and perhaps a weeklong stay in the hospital.
Stafford’s agent, Tom Condon, said by text message Sunday that he had not spoken to Stafford about his plans for the offseason program.
Stafford has been an active participant in spring workouts throughout his NFL career and has typically gathered a group of his receivers outside of the NFL’s formal offseason program for additional throwing sessions.
He has a $500,000 workout bonus in his contract, which he qualifies for if he “satisfactorily participates in 90% of the” Lions’ total scheduled workouts and all of minicamp, unless excused by the Lions’ “physician, head trainer or head coach.”
The Lions, in a statement released earlier this month, said they “fully support Kelly, Matthew and the entire Stafford family during this difficult time” and asked that “everyone respect the privacy of the situation at this time.”
“Over the years, their selfless commitment to helping others and improving the communities in which we live and work has made a lasting impact on the lives of so many,” the statement read. “We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.”
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Published at Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:15:17 +0000