Kelly Stafford is not doing okay.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol on Wednesday and it’s unclear whne the concussion actually happened.
Kelly, Matthew’s wife, would take to Instagram and share her thoughts about the latest injury news on her husband.
“If you follow NFL, you just heard Matthew [Stafford] got put into concussion protocol,” she said in an Instagram story. “If you have listened to my podcast at all, you know how a big a deal it is to me. The head is not something to be messed with… and I hope as this sport develops so does the concern for head health and the research around it.
“And no, I’m not ok with it. I have every emotion running through me. Concerned, angry, sad, tired… all of them.”
The NFL has been under the microscope this season when it comes to their concussion protocols. Earlier this season, Tua Tagovailoa was seen stumbling in a game against the Buffalo Bills only to return to the game. The following week, Tua was stretchered off the field and taken to a hospital after his head hit the turf and his hands locked up, showing signs of “decorticate posturing”.
Kelly Stafford also had an emotional stance on her podcast.
“When I saw that when (Tua) did not move – when he got thrown to the ground a feeling came over me. People truly don’t understand unless you’re in the position that we’re in…It’s something that you never want to see as a significant other on the other side of it.
First of all, I don’t care how bad these guys want to play. I don’t care how bad your organization wants them to play…I went through this with Matthew, it is the NFL’s job to protect the players from themselves…If you know with your heart that they shouldn’t be out there, then they shouldn’t be out there…There’s more to life than football.
We’ve had the talk multiple times. If I see you get up and you shake it off or if you don’t really look or seem right and you decide to play again when you know that something’s going on, I won’t be home when you get here. It’s not fair. It’s not fair to ask your family to watch you do that for a game…it really makes you question how much you love this game for your significant other…Now I’m terrified because he has four little girls who need him and I need a husband who has his full brain power because I lose my (expletive) a lot with my kids and he’s the patient one. It scares the (expletive) out of me.”
Hopefully Kelly and Matthew can get through this week together.