Stafford completed 24 of 42 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago. He added 23 rushing yards on five carries.
Playing without top receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and one of his best linemen in Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot), Stafford should have had another passing touchdown considering rookie running back D'Andre Swift dropped a potential game-winning score in the closing seconds. However, outside of throwing a pick in the fourth quarter on a forced pass to his acting No. 1 wideout, Marvin Jones, Stafford generally played well against a tough Bears defensive front. If each of Desmond Trufant (hamstring), Justin Coleman (hamstring) and Jeff Okudah (hamstring) is unable to play in Week 2, the Lions defense could struggle to defend Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, which could lead to an even heavier workload for Stafford and the rest of the Detroit passing game.
Stafford has been activated off the Lions' reserve/COVID-19 list, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Per Meinke, Stafford's recent COVID-19 test was a false positive. The Lions' starting QB is therefore available to take the field with his teammates once practices start up.
Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Stafford joins a number of other big-name Lions players that were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list over the past week. The designation means either Stafford tested positive or was in close proximity to someone who texted positive for COVID-19, so until more information is provided, speculation regarding his return timeframe is baseless.
Stafford relayed Thursday that he has fully recovered from the back and hip issues that plagued him in 2019, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
General manager Bob Quinn indicated in mid-April that Stafford would have been a full participant had the Lions begun their offseason program at that time, so it's not exactly a shock that Stafford is doing well. He's also been working with a number of his young pass catchers recently, which could pay dividends given the potential for a truncated offseason. He finished 2019 with a 19:5 TD:INT ratio and 2,499 passing yards over eight games, which would have put him on pace to near career-high tallies in both passing yards (5,038) and touchdown passes (41). He returns most of his pass-catching weapons from a season ago and gained a trio of rookie weapons in D'Andre Swift, Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley.
General manager Bob Quinn said Stafford (back/hip) would be a full participant if the Lions were able to start their offseason program next week, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Technically, the Lions will start their program April 27, but it will all be virtual work for the foreseeable future. The unusual offseason is arguably less of a problem for the Lions that it will be for many other teams, considering Stafford, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and all the key wide receivers and tight ends are holdovers from the 2019 squad. Stafford missed the final eight games of last season due to multiple small fractures in his back, eventually making a full recovery this winter/spring without undergoing surgery. He also had a lingering hip injury, which wasn't deemed serious enough to require a medical procedure.
General manager Bob Quinn said Stafford (back) is healthy and the quarterback will be full go for the start of the offseason training program, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Quinn also reiterated that Stafford is not on the trade block while adding that he still considers the 32-year-old signal caller to be in his prime. Considering Stafford was among the top five in the league in passing touchdowns, passing yards, passer rating and completions of 20-plus yards when he injured his back in Week 9, that claim isn't a stretch.
General manager Bob Quinn said rumors about the Lions shopping Stafford (back/hip) are "100 percent false," Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
The rumors mostly suggest Detroit would trade Stafford and then select a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft. It sounds like a reasonable strategy in a vacuum, but Stafford's contract would force the team to absorb $32 million in dead money in the event of a trade or release, compared to a $21.3 million cap hit in 2020 if he stays with the team, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra. A trade would be a concession to an all-out rebuild, which wouldn't jibe with the Lions' aggressive approach to the 2019 offseason, nor would it align with the personal interests of Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia. The team's leadership presumably intends to build a stronger roster around Stafford, perhaps reassessing next offseason if it doesn't work out well in 2020. The 32-year-old quarterback said he'll be healthy before spring practices begin.
Stafford (back/hip) said Monday that he'll be back to full health for the start of the Lions' offseason program in April, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Stafford was sidelined for the Lions' final eight games of the season after fracturing multiple bones in his back in a Nov. 3 loss to the Raiders. The quarterback said he's "pretty close to being back to normal" and won't require offseason surgery for his back or a lingering hip issue, putting him on pace to enter the 2020 campaign with few restrictions. Prior to getting shut down, the 31-year-old looked on his way to turning in the best season of his career, as he completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 8.6 yards per attempt and a 19:5 TD:INT through his eight starts.
Stafford (back/hip) agreed to convert a $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The agreement clears up $4.8 million in 2020 cap space for the Lions, allowing for a bit more room to maneuver. Stafford is closing out the year on injured reserve but should be healthy long before training camp. Most of Detroit's key contributors on offense are under contract for at least one more year, with slot receiver Danny Amendola and starting right guard Graham Glasgow the notable exceptions.
Stafford (back/hip) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Stafford had been sidelined for each of the past six games with multiple fractures in his back in addition to a minor hip issue, but he maintained hope he would be able to make it back into action before the season ended. The typically durable veteran ultimately wasn't able to heal as quickly as he anticipated, prompting the Lions to shut him down for their final two games. With top understudy Jeff Driskel (hamstring) having previously moved to IR, the Lions will turn to David Blough and Kyle Sloter as their quarterbacks for the remainder of the season.
Stafford (back/hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Stafford will be inactive for a sixth consecutive week while recovering from multiple fractures in his back in addition to a more minor hip concern. With the 3-9-1 Lions eliminated from postseason contention, Stafford looks like a longshot to play in either of Detroit's final two contests, especially after coach Matt Patricia was noncommittal about the quarterback's availability the rest of the way when he discussed the matter Friday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Undrafted rookie David Blough will pick up another start under center in place of Stafford in Week 15.
Stafford (hip/back) didn't take part in Wednesday's walk-through practice.
Stafford hasn't played or practiced since he was diagnosed with multiple fractures in his back prior to a Week 10 game in Chicago. A week ago, Stafford told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the injury is healing "as it should," and he expects to suit up when he's cleared to do so, whether it's in one of the final three games of this season or in 2020. While Stafford remains embedded in rehab, the Lions will roll with David Blough under center, with Kyle Sloter the backup quarterback due to Jeff Driskel's (hamstring) presence on injured reserve.
While it's unlikely Stafford (back/hip) will play again in 2019, his fractured back is healing "as it should" and the injury is not a long-term concern, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "It's something that was kind of a freak deal that happened and obviously got to take it in stride and listen to the doctors, my body, coaches, everybody, kind of figure out what's best," Stafford said Wednesday.
Head coach Matt Patricia said earlier this week that Stafford hasn't been placed on injured reserve "out of respect for Matthew and his competitiveness," but it seems unlikely the franchise QB will return to action this season given Stafford's history with back injuries and the fact the Lions have already fallen out of playoff contention. David Blough therefore seems likely to continue on as Detroit's interim signal caller and it will be hard to trust any of the Lions skill players to consistently produce down the stretch.
Stafford (back/hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Stafford still hasn't returned to practice but hopes to avoid injured reserve. His hip injury is believed to be far less of an issue than the fractures in his back. David Blough will get the Week 14 start.
Stafford (back/hip) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice.
Though he's listed with two injuries on the Lions' official report, the multiple fractured bones in Stafford's back remain his primary concern at this juncture. Stafford hasn't given up hope on playing again this season, but he'll almost certainly be in store for a fifth straight absence Week 14 in Minnesota. David Blough will work as the Lions' starting quarterback until Stafford is deemed ready to reclaim those duties.
Stafford (back/hip) didn't practice Wednesday.
Stafford hasn't practiced in any capacity over the last four weeks while contending with fractured bones in his back and is being labeled as week-to-week. The veteran signal-caller is keeping the door open on a potential late-season return, but his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Vikings are looking slim at best. With Jeff Driskel (hamstring) now on injured reserve, the Lions will roll with David Blough under center as long as Stafford is unable to go. Kyle Sloter will serve as the team's backup.
Stafford (back/hip) is still considered "week-to-week," Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Stafford has missed four consecutive contests due to fractures in his back and has four more chances to return to the field before season's end. As coach Matt Patricia told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are "going to keep that door open" for Stafford to be active again "out of respect for Matthew and his competitiveness." While they likely won't risk the health of their franchise quarterback, the Lions have already used two different QBs during Stafford's absence. With Jeff Driskel (hamstring) moving to IR this past weekend, David Blough is expected to start his second game in a row Sunday against the Vikings, while Kyle Sloter was plucked from the Cardinals' practice squad to serve as the backup.
Stafford (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's tilt against the Bears.
As expected, Stafford will sit out a fourth straight game after failing to practice at any point this week. The Lions have discussed shutting down the veteran signal-caller for the season as he contends with multiple fractures in his back, but the team has yet to make a final decision. With Jeff Driskel (hamstring) listed as questionable, Detroit could be forced to call upon No. 3 quarterback David Blough to start against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day.
Stafford (back) is considered unlikely to play in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Despite sitting out for a third straight game in the Lions' Week 12 loss to the Redskins, Stafford hasn't thrown in the towel on 2019 even as the Lions have discussed shutting down the quarterback for the season. While he continues to battle multiple fractures in his back, Stafford has reportedly been "maniacal" about playing again, even though doing so could expose him to chronic problems in the years to come. Given that he hasn't resumed practicing since being diagnosed with the injury, Stafford has little chance of playing Thursday, but the Lions are likely to continue taking a week-to-week approach with the veteran signal-caller. Jeff Driskel will remain the team's starter under center until Stafford gets clearance to play again.
Stafford (back) indicated he expects to suit up again this season, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. "Whenever we all deem it's the right time for me to get back out there, I'll be out there," Stafford said Wednesday.
Stafford hasn't appeared on the practice field since X-rays revealed multiple fractures in his back on Nov. 4. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that Stafford is dealing with a six-week injury, but by the quarterback's own words, he intends to return to action once the team determine he's ready to do so. As long as Stafford is sidelined, though, the Lions will operate with Jeff Driskel under center.
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