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Shortly After Wife's Brain Surgery, Stafford Reports For Lions' Voluntary Workouts

The team told him to take all the time he needed. He didn't need much.

April 24, 2019 - 11:43 am

However you may feel about Matthew Stafford as a quarterback, it's hard to knock his work ethic. 

Stafford has long been considered one of the most diligent players on the Lions roster. 

That point was driven home Monday morning when Stafford showed up to the Lions' practice facility prepared to work, despite the team telling him to take off all the time he needed after his wife Kelly underwent brain surgery over the weekend. 

Per Adam Schefter: 

Kelly's surgery, which successfully removed a benign tumor in her brain, took place last Wednesday.

In a video she posted on Instagram following the surgery, Kelly is shuffling down a hallway in the hospital with the help of Stafford and her mother. 

"Retraining yourself how to walk is very interesting," she says.

This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me. I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have. When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much. Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know. #cupscrew

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Kelly returned home on Sunday. 

And the next morning, Stafford was back at the Lions' training facility in Allen Park, as the team kicked off its second week of voluntary offseason workouts. 

The 31-year-old is entering his 11th year in the NFL.