Lions’ Stafford says he’s confident back injury won’t linger


first_img Written By LIVE TV COMMENT Matthew Stafford stood in front of his locker, surrounded by a slew of reporters inquiring about the back injury that cost him half a season and spoiled any shot the Detroit Lions had of having a successful season.Stafford insisted fans of the franchise should not be worried about his health heading into his 12th NFL season, even though back ailments have affected him for two straight years.“I’m not concerned about it so that should make people feel good,” Stafford said Monday. “I’m the one living with the back. I feel pretty good about it.”Stafford missed his eighth straight game Sunday when theDetroit drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009. After his career began with a pair of injury-shortened seasons, he didn’t miss a game for eighth straight seasons before back and hip ailments limited him to eight games this year.The Lions still have a lot“No issues there,” general manager Bob Quinn said.LET’S MAKE A DEALKenny Golladay was a bright spot during a dismal season, leading the league with 11 receiving touchdowns in his third season. The receiver has one year left on his deal and said he’s open to signing a long-term contract extension.“I’ve already expressed I’m open to it,” he said.STAY OR GOOffensive guard Graham Glasgow has started 58 games since Detroit drafted him out of Michigan in the third round three years ago. Glasgow may be worth more on the open market as a free agent than the Lions are willing to pay him.“I would like to feel like I’m wanted,” he acknowledged.The Lions will likely want to bring back 34-year-old wide receiver Danny Amendola, who had one of his best seasons, instead of letting him go in free agency. They may let defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson hit the market because he has not lived up to expectations as the 46th pick overall in 2016.SEE YA, SNACKS?Damon “Snacks” Harrison said after Sunday’s 23-20 loss to Green Bay he’s pondering retirement. The 31-year-old defensive tackle expressed frustrations that injuries affected his play. Harrison signed an $11 million, one-yearNO REGRETSQuinn made an in-season trade for the second straight season thatDoes Quinn have any regrets about the decision?“No,” he insisted.Last year, the Lions traded receiver Golden Tate to Philadelphia for a third-round pick. The move appeared to hurt the team’s morale and ability to move the ball on offense.HOW TO GET IT RIGHTQuinn and Patricia will be in win-now mode more than ever next year, trying to also stick around for 2021, after“Obviously, we need to win next year,” Quinn said. “I understand that.”Entering his fifth season“You always have to have your lens on the short term and the long term and that’s not going to change,” he said.The Lions can’t miss on a difference-making player, likely on defense, with the No. 3 pick overall. Detroit’s defense dipped to 31st in the NFL this season after ranking 10th overall last year.Defensive end Trey Flowers proved to be a good free agent signing, but he needs a lot of help on the defensive line.If the team chooses to trade three-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay with one year and $10 million left on his deal instead of giving him a contract extension, it will need to sign a free agent cornerback or invest a high draft pick to bolster the position.The Lions will probably want to start the 2020 season with a good option to back up Stafford after finding out they can’t win without him if they’re left with veteran castoffs or a rookie. Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 12:58 IST Lions’ Stafford Says He’s Confident Back Injury Won’t Linger Matthew Stafford stood in front of his locker, surrounded by a slew of reporters inquiring about the back injury that cost him half a season and spoiled any shot the Detroit Lions had of having a successful season. FOLLOW US First Published: 31st December, 2019 12:58 ISTlast_img read more

Jamaica ranks 10th on dangerous countries list


first_imgA new report published by US based Business Insider, has placed Jamaica at number 10 on a list of the world’s 20 most dangerous countries. In an article published on November 1, Business Insider asserted that the countries featured on the list are rife with terrorism, economic insecurity, and have some of the worst homicide rates in the world. The article references a recent report by USA Today which claimed that Jamaica has a prevalence of sexual assault.Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are the only two Caribbean countries featured on the Business Insider list of the world’s 20 most dangerous countries. Trinidad and Tobago is ranked 12th.last_img