Matthew Stafford rejoins Lions less than a week after wife’s brain surgery

Mike Mulholland | MLive.com ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions told Matthew Stafford to stay take as much time as he needed to tend to his family. But less than a week after his wife underwent a 12-hour brain surgery, Matthew Stafford is already back to work.

Stafford rejoined the team on Monday, according to ESPN , and has been participating in offseason conditioning throughout the week.

Stafford missed the first week of the program to be with his wife, Kelly, who was diagnosed with a benign tumor called an acoustic neuroma earlier this month. It was discovered during an MRI that was ordered after she experienced spells of dizziness and vertigo.

Kelly Staford underwent surgery on Wednesday. the procedure was expected to last just six hours, but went 12 when doctors found an abnormal vein. She is now resting at home, but in a good deal of pain. She says she’s been sitting in a dark room, and as of Tuesday, hadn’t seen her three children in nearly a week: twin girls Sawyer and Chandler, born in 2017, and daughter Hunter, born during training camp last August.

“Sitting in this dark room in pain, but trying to hold off on meds because I want to see my kids," Kelly Stafford said in an Instagram post. "I want to be coherent and in the moment. Tomorrow, it’ll have been a whole week that I haven’t seen them and my heart aches. Balancing, in general, is incredibly hard right now … balancing kids and brain surgery is nearly impossible.”

Given everything the family is going through, Matthew Stafford was expected to miss time during the Lions’ offseason program. This portion of the program — called Phase 1 — limits teams to strength and conditioning work anyway. Coach-led drills are strictly prohibited until after the draft.

Everything is voluntary until the start of mandatory in June, and the Lions told Stafford to take as much time as he needs. Yet here he is, days after his wife’s brain surgery, running voluntary wind sprints with the rest of his teammates.

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