Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (ankle, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Adam Schefter reported that Stafford is expected to play in a great matchup against the Saints.
Friday, October 13, 2017, 4:04pm
Even though he's practiced in full all week long, Lions QB Matthew Stafford (ankle) was hit with the questionable tag. This is a situation to monitor Sunday morning. Stafford is currently ranked as our No. 22 QB in a good matchup versus the Saints.
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:57pm
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:48pm
We had a story earlier today that Stafford was banged up in Week 5 and spent some time in the trainers room following the game. This is the first we've seen specifics for his injuries, however. Be sure to monitor his practice time this week. Stafford plays in an early game in Week 6.
First they taped the upper part of his right leg, just above the knee. Then he took another hit, and they taped around the ankle and foot too.
But Matthew Stafford kept playing. He threw two late touchdown passes to Darren Fells too. Then he hobbled back to the bench, where he'd have another conversation with trainers. And on at least one occasion, get yet another tape job.
By the end of Detroit's 27-24 loss against Carolina, Stafford looked like he was more tape than man. Then his left hand started bleeding. He kept playing through that too.
Stafford was quoted as saying he'll be ok, but neither he nor head coach Jim Caldwell went into details about Stafford's injuries. Stafford's normal press conference was canceled and the story said he was in the training room after the game.
“Aggressive start,” Stafford recently cracked.
The Lions, likewise, made an aggressive move to keep their franchise quarterback around for many more years with the richest contract in NFL history.
Stafford agreed to a $135 million extension, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team announced the five-year deal keeps Stafford under contract through the 2022 season.
NFC North beat writers were asked about the Lions run game and the possibility of a balanced offense:
Rob Demovsky: In short, no, unless the return of Ameer Abdullah from the foot injury that ruined his 2016 season is a game-changer or Matt Asiata suddenly becomes something more than just the complementary piece he was in Minnesota. Otherwise, it looks a lot like the status quo for the Lions' offense, which will once again rely heavily on quarterback Matthew Stafford.
That's not a bad thing given his ability to get on a hot streak as he showed last season. The good news is he has an upgraded offensive line led by former Packers Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang to protect him.
Related players: Theo Riddick
All three beat writers who write for opponents of the Lions in the NFC North seemed to agree the Lions will need to rely on Stafford again this season, and the run game's current status won't give the team balance on offense. No one thinks Abdullah is a sure thing, but if he can stay healthy he'll obviously give the run game a little boost.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger\right hand) took full practice reps all week. Stafford should be fine to play through the finger injury. It’s not a good matchup against the Giants, so Stafford is a dicey start this week.
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger/right hand) took full practice reps again Thursday. Stafford should be fine to play through the finger injury. It’s not a good matchup against the Giants, so Stafford is a dicey start this week.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger/right hand) practiced fully Wednesday. Stafford should be fine to play through the finger injury. It’s not a good matchup against the Giants, so Stafford is a dicey start this week.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell rarely begins his news conferences with an opening statement. But he had one Monday.
"He did have an issue with his finger, there's no question," Caldwell said. "He's going to be able to play in the next game, he's going to practice and those things."
The story pointed out that one complicating factor could be the weather. This is Detroit's first and only cold-weather game of the year, at the Giants, and freezing temperatures could affect anybody's ability to grip the football. And that's especially true of a quarterback who struggled to grip the football indoors because of a dislocated finger. Early forecasts have temps in the low to mid 40s as highs for next Sunday.
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