Stafford's teammate that called him 'china doll' will be back

Judging by his reaction to receiving a tender as an exclusive rights free agent, even Zack Follett is a little surprised he’ll be back with the Detroit Lions.

If you recall, Follett suffered a serious neck injury last season, and he drew attention to himself in January when he referred to the Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as a “china doll.” Hey, sometimes the truth hurts.

Follett followed up with a bizarre video that can still be seen right here in which he blames Satan for working through the media. He sounded a little more reasonable on Thursday when he was reached by Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.

“I'm excited about it,” Follett told Twentyman. “I didn't even know if they would offer me a contract. I'm just thankful to be offered the opportunity to play for another year. I still don't know if my neck will keep holding up, but I don't think this contract would have been offered if they didn't that it could.”

Follett injured his neck on Oct. 17 in a game at New Meadowlands Stadium against the New York Giants, and speculation was widespread it could be a career-ending injury. He still doesn't know if he will be able to hold up when time comes for physical contact.

“I haven't hit anybody yet, so we'll see,” Follett said. “The biggest next step for me will be camp when we put the helmets on and get on the field. Before I actually go back into camp to make it a full go we'll do another series of tests to make sure there is more space between the disc and my spinal cord and make sure I won't be doing any permanent damage. It is a little scary because the one thing the doctors did tell me is that by playing more, my situation can only get worse and that's the risk factor that's involved here.”

It’s good to know Follett did not associate Twentyman with the guy who wears horns on his head. Here’s an excerpt from that January video:

“Last night, he’s been attacking me through lust,” Follett said. “Trying to bring girls, he knows that that is every guy’s weakness. And I prayed to God and with the power of Jesus Christ, I do no longer have that temptation through a trial God put me through. I went to bed last night not even tripping, you know what I mean, off a lust thought. Praise Jesus. Well now, Satan is like, ‘How else can I get this dude, Z? OK, work through the media.’”

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