If it were up to Kelly Stafford, she would have her husband not play another game in this lost season for the Rams.
More than a week after Matthew Stafford was placed in NFL concussion protocol for the second time this season, Kelly spoke on the topic during her latest podcast. Kelly gave subtle hints that she wishes Matt Satfford would bypass playing in anymore games during this 2022 season.
“If it was up to me, you guys know how I would feel but it’s not up to me,” she said on the Nov. 29 episode of The Morning After podcast. “It’s my husband and what he worked for…I love that he’s a competitor. I love that he wants to be out there.”
When she brought up why he would go back out there, his answer impressed her.
“He looked at me and said, ‘If I’m healthy enough to go, the players rely on me,” she recalled. “‘My teammates, the coach, the owner, everyone relies on me and I have to earn the paycheck. I was paid to play. I wasn’t paid to sit. So if I’m healthy enough to go, I’m gonna go.’ You can’t really fight with that.”
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While recording that podcast, she revealed Matthew was still showing symptoms, making it hard to share when he will return to the game. Since she won’t be able to get her way, she will continue to express her hopes that the NFL will make changes when it comes to the fields players compete on.
“My thing is again, the head slamming on the turf,” she said. “That is where the push needs to be…My take is, ‘How are you not pushing this when you know concussions are a problem?’ It’s an easy fix.”
Kelly added, “He’s always going to be at risk when he plays this game and I know they ‘sign up for it.’ But if you can make better working conditions for your employees, why not do it?”
Rams’ head coach Sean McVay stated it is “safe to say” that Matthew Stafford will not play this Sunday. McVay stated that Stafford has not had any setbacks in the concussion protocol.
Considering this immense letdown of a season, McVay said the team has not ruled out shutting down Donald, Cooper Kupp, or Matthew Stafford. This will be an easy decision should the Rams lose to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Another loss would give them 9 and would almost certainly end any hope of them going on a run to try and defend their Super Bowl from last season.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.