QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
56 minutes ago

Stafford (back) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford was tagged as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, so maintaining that level of activity in an actual practice signals he'll be fine to play through a back injury for a second consecutive game Sunday against the Bills' top-ranked pass defense. In the first one, he managed a career-worst 101 yards, no touchdowns and zero picks on 15-for-23 passing Week 14 in Arizona.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
1 day ago

Stafford (back) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford played through the same injury during Sunday's 17-3 win over the Cardinals, completing 15 of 23 passes for a career-low 101 yards. He should be able to play again this week, but there isn't much cause for optimism in a road matchup with a Buffalo defense that's yielding just 6.4 yards per pass attempt (second best).

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
4 days ago

Stafford completed 15 of 23 passes for 101 yards during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona. He also rushed once for seven yards.

EDGE Analysis

Playing with a sore back that limited him in practice all week, Stafford had trouble finding open receivers against a Patrick Peterson-led secondary that entered the game ranked 10th ranked in terms of yards allowed per pass attempt (7.2). He ultimately finished with his all-time lowest yardage output in any game he's started and finished, though the Lions were nonetheless able to pull out the win on the back of strong defense and a serviceable running game. Without Marvin Jones (knee) and Golden Tate (traded to Eagles), Detroit is having issues creating explosive plays through the air, and Stafford could continue to struggle to put up big numbers while playing with a depleted supporting cast. The Lions' Week 15 matchup with the Bills top-ranked pass defense isn't a great spot for a rebound.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
4 days ago

Stafford (back) is listed as active Sunday in Arizona, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford will shrug off the back injury that limited him in practice all week, making his 125th start in a row in the process. Although he can be relied upon to be available from game to game, his current weapons don't give him the best chance to succeed. With Golden Tate in Philadelphia, Marvin Jones (knee) on injured reserve and Kerryon Johnson (knee) inactive, Stafford has had modest production the last two contests, totaling 481 yards and one touchdown versus three interceptions.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
4 days ago

Stafford (back), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, is expected to play, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

With 124 consecutive starts under his belt, Stafford is about as durable as they come at quarterback, so his status never looked to be in serious peril even after the back issue limited his participation in practice throughout the week. While he'll be less 100 percent healthy if he suits up, the greater concern for Stafford may be the lack of playmakers surrounding him on offense. For the third straight game, the Lions will be without the services of both top running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) and top receiver Marvin Jones (knee, out for season). Those absences have undoubtedly contributed to Stafford's underwhelming stat line over the past two weeks, during which he's completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 481 yards (6.8 per attempt) and a 1:3 TD:INT.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
6 days ago

Stafford (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest in Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Although Stafford was limited in practice all week, he ranks second among active offensive players in consecutive starts with 124, so he has a streak to uphold. Assuming he's active Sunday, he'll be facing a tough Cardinals defense that is fifth against the pass (220.4 yards per game) and has allowed the third-fewest TDs (16) to quarterbacks in 12 contests this season.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
1 week ago

Stafford (back) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Estimated as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report, Stafford maintained that level of activity Thursday. Like wide receiver Kenny Golladay (quadriceps), Stafford doesn't appear to be in danger of missing Sunday's game at Arizona, but his status will continue to be monitored as the weekend draws closer.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
1 week ago

Stafford (back) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

With no report of a serious injury, Stafford should be able to give it a go Sunday in Arizona, playing with a depleted supporting cast that also includes Kenny Golladay (quad) and Bruce Ellington (back) as limited participants Wednesday. The Cardinals have allowed just 7.2 yards per pass attempt and 1.4 passing TDs per game, typically getting gouged on the ground instead.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
2 weeks ago

Stafford completed 20 of 33 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Lions' 30-16 loss to the Rams on Sunday. He also gained two yards on his sole rush and lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford turned in a serviceable stat line for fantasy purposes, but he still committed another pair of turnovers, including an interception in the end zone with 17 seconds remaining that snuffed out any last hopes the Lions may have had of completing a comeback. The veteran signal-caller is clearly hampered in an offense that's now down two of its top three receivers to open the season, and that was missing star rookie running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) on Sunday as well. Stafford has now thrown three interceptions in the last pair of contests, and he's completed 62.2 percent or less of his passes in three of his last four contests overall, a period that largely encompasses the time period since Marvin Jones went down with what would turn out to be a season-ending knee injury. Stafford will hope to at least have Johnson back at his disposal when the Lions take on the Cardinals in Week 14.

QMatthew Stafford
QB DET (6)
3 weeks ago

Stafford completed 28 of 38 passes for 236 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Lions' 23-16 loss to the Bears on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford's final line was adequate in terms of completion percentage and yardage, but an absence of touchdown passes coupled with his two interceptions told the tale of the afternoon. The veteran quarterback's first pick was returned for a touchdown by Eddie Jackson with six minutes remaining and the game deadlocked at 16-16. However, Stafford appeared to be on his way to rallying the Lions for a potential game-tying touchdown before he was intercepted yet again by Kyle Fuller at the Bears' 11-yard line on a third-down throw intended for Michael Roberts. Stafford has both of his multi-interception games over the last three contests, and he's clearly struggling in the absence of receivers Marvin Jones (knee) and the recently traded Golden Tate. Stafford will look to regroup in a Week 13 battle versus the dominant Rams on Dec. 2.