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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford saw Duck Prescott’s terrible ankle injury the moment it happened.

On the last day of his week, Stafford watched the Dallas game against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon when he saw Logan Ryan deal with the Cowboys’ quarterback.

“It was awful,” Stafford said during a conference call Wednesday. “I felt so bad for him. He played so great that he has been playing great for several years. I was just the heart and soul of this team and to see it – I watched the match live, I looked down for a second, I looked back and obviously it didn’t look good.

“I know that if anyone is going to come back from this, it’s this person. He is an amazing person and obviously a great player. “

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Stafford could not contact Prescott directly, so he turned to Kellen Moore, Dallas’ offensive coordinator, who served as Stafford’s reserve reserve for three seasons.

“I don’t have Prescott’s cell phone number,” Stafford said, “but you obviously know I know Kellen.” So I texted Kellen and said, “Hey, make sure you pass on my best wishes to Duck and all that.”

“I just felt terrible for him. I know Andy (Dalton) will come in and do a great job. But Duck is a special player and it’s not good for that to happen. “

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Prescott will not play until the end of the season and the injury quickly led to widespread speculation about his replacement this year. Scenarios for the lion trade Stafford, who grew up in Dallas and led his high school to a state championship there, also jumped out due to the uncertainty of where the lions are heading after a 1-3 start.

Much of the speculation about the team’s future is centered around general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia. But Stafford’s future is also uncertain, as his own game is less than stellar and he should receive a $ 10 million bonus next year when he turns 33.

In his 12th season, Stafford played under his second team, second general manager and third coach. But he said he hadn’t thought too much – at any time of the year – about how his future might be played out, even this year when the lions are flirting with the possibility of recovery.

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“No, I just go out there and play,” Stafford said. “Actually, I don’t worry too much about these things, even when they’re out of season or whatever. I just go out there and try to prepare to play as best I can week after week. I understand the game and life of the NFL just like everyone else, but I don’t think about it too much to be honest. “

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