Lions QB Matthew Stafford Will Not Practice on Wednesday
December 30Matt LaMarcaSportsGrid
This is not exactly a surprise for Stafford. He’s missed or been limited at practice for most of the past two weeks with rib and thumb injuries, and he was unable to finish his Week 16 game vs. the Bucs with an ankle sprain. Stafford is one of the toughest players in the league, but interim head coach Darrell Bevell hinted that Stafford will have a 50-50 chance to suit up in the season’s final game.
As much as Stafford may want to play, there is no reason for the Lions to put him on the field in Week 17 vs. the Vikings. The Lions season is officially over at just 5-10, and it would actually be more beneficial for them to lose their final contest. They could improve their draft position in that situation, so don’t be surprised if the Lions exercise caution with their franchise quarterback.
If Stafford is unable to suit up, Chase Daniel would likely make his first start of the season. He’s appeared in relief of Stafford in four previous contests this season, and he’s struggled to a dismal 4.5 adjusted yards per attempt. He’s also tossed just one touchdown compared to two interceptions, so the Lions’ skill players would have little appeal if he draws the start vs. the Vikings.
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