But Stafford’s greatest escape came just minutes later on the sideline, eluding team physicians determined to examine the shoulder. Stafford wouldn’t let them. He overheard on the Ford Field loudspeaker that the Browns had called time-out, giving his adrenaline another 90 seconds to anesthetize the intense pain.
“It was my left shoulder,” he said. “I don’t need it to throw. I told (the trainers) to help me up, but they weren’t going to help me up, and then I really told them to help me up, and they helped me up and I ran out there.”