Matthew Stafford Exits Game Early vs. Packers
Stafford has been dealing with a thumb injury recently, and now you can add a rib injury to his list of ailments. He took a big hit from Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark with approximately seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, and he was clearly in pain. He stayed in the game to hand off to Kerryon Johnson on the next play – who finished the drive with a touchdown – but Stafford was unable to return after that.
He was replaced by Chase Daniel, who finished with three completions on six attempts for 29 yards in his limited playing time. That was his second relief appearance of Stafford this season, and he’s compiled an adjusted yards per attempt of 5.2 on his 19 total throws. It goes without saying that this would be a massive downgrade at quarterback for the Lions.
Stafford is known as one of the toughest guys at the position, but his status for Week 15 is currently unknown. The Lions have nothing to play for at this point at just 5-8, so they may decide to just let Stafford heal up over the final weeks of the season.
One positive note for the Lions is that D’Andre Swift was able to return to the lineup vs. the Packers. He had missed the previous two games with a concussion and an illness, and he will look to finish his rookie season on a positive note. Swift has averaged 4.6 yards per attempt and displayed some chops in the passing game in limited opportunities, and he should take on a bigger role for the team next season.