QMatthew Stafford
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Tue 12/22/20 4:46 PM

Stafford (rib/thumb) was a listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford played through a painful rib-cartilage injury in addition to a slight ligament tear to the thumb on his throwing hand in Sunday's loss to the Titans, completing 22 of his 32 throws for 252 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback isn't believed to have suffered any setbacks coming out of the contest, so he should receive the green light to play once this weekend's game against the Buccaneers arrives.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 12/20/20 5:45 PM

Stafford completed 22 of 32 pass attempts for 252 yards and one touchdown, adding 12 rushing yards on a pair of carries during Sunday's 46-25 loss to Tennessee.
EDGE Analysis
The veteran signal-caller proved capable of overcoming rib and thumb injuries to notch his 14th start of 2020, but he was held under 255 passing yards for the seventh time despite a favorable matchup against the Titans. A 23:9 TD:INT is relatively efficient from Stafford, but his upside is capped by the fact that he has eight different performances of one or fewer passing TDs this season. Stafford's Week 16 opponent, Tampa Bay, conceded 356 passing yards and three passing scores to Atlanta's Matt Ryan on Sunday, providing optimism for a statistical resurgence.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 12/20/20 11:36 AM

Stafford (ribs/thumb) is listed as active Sunday in Tennessee.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was knocked out of the Lions' Week 14 loss to the Packers with a rib cartilage injury, which contained him to one limited practice prior to this game. Friday's session and a pregame workout Sunday seemingly are enough for Detroit's medical and training staff to clear him to suit up against a Titans defense that has allowed the fourth-most passing yards per game (281.8) and most touchdowns passes (28, tied with two other teams) in 13 games this season.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 12/20/20 7:14 AM

Stafford (rib/thumb), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, plans to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
According to Schefter, Stafford tore rib cartilage in last week's loss to the Packers, resulting in him missing practices Wednesday and Thursday. He returned to limited activity Friday, however, and apparently convinced the Lions in that workout that he'll be able to tough it it out Sunday. The quarterback's Week 15 status will be confirmed once the Lions' inactives are released approximately 90 minutes prior to the game's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sat 12/19/20 11:55 AM

Stafford (ribs/thumb) is trending toward playing in Sunday's matchup against the Titans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford's availability at Friday's practice seemed to indicate this was a possibility, but it's still a reassuring notion nevertheless. Expect more information regarding the veteran quarterback's status to emerge well before the 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday kickoff.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 12/18/20 3:39 PM

Stafford (ribs/thumb) returned to practice Friday as a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee.
EDGE Analysis
A report earlier Friday suggested Stafford would miss a third straight practice, but he apparently managed some level of activity, potentially setting up a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff. The Lions technically can still make the playoffs, but they realistically have a better shot at landing a top-five pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In any case, Chase Daniel will get the Week 15 start if Stafford shows up on the inactive list, which will be released 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 12/18/20 10:43 AM

Stafford (ribs/thumb) won't participate in Friday's practice, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 32-year-old hasn't practiced this week while dealing with the rib-cartilage and thumb injuries, though the Lions aren't yet ruling him out for Sunday's matchup with the Titans. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Stafford is feeling better and will be traveling with the team to Tennessee, but the release of the injury report later Friday should provide a better idea of his availability for Sunday. Chase Daniel has taken all the first-team reps in practice this week and would draw the Week 15 start if Stafford can't go.

QMatthew Stafford
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Thu 12/17/20 11:40 AM

Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell said Stafford (rib/thumb) won't practice Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford is missing his second practice in a row while he tends to a painful rib-cartilage injury in addition to a more minor right thumb concern that he's been playing through since mid-November. Bevell noted earlier this week that Stafford doesn't necessarily need to practice in order to play Sunday against the Titans, but even in that scenario, his status would most likely come down to a game-day decision. Chase Daniel will direct the first-team offense for the second straight day, staying prepared for a potential starting assignment if Stafford doesn't receive the green light to play this weekend.

QMatthew Stafford
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Wed 12/16/20 4:33 PM

Stafford (ribs/thumb), who didn't practice Wednesday, said he has "no expectations" about his status for the Lions' Week 15 game at Tennessee, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford said he's taking his rib cartilage injury "day by day," and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press relays that the Lions intend to wait until the end of the week to make a call on his status for Sunday's game. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell also noted that he's "totally comfortable" with the veteran signal-caller suiting up even if he can't get in any practice reps, but given that the 5-8 Lions are already essentially eliminated from the NFC playoff picture, it could make sense for Chase Daniel to draw a start if there's even a slight chance of Stafford aggravating his injury.

QMatthew Stafford
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Wed 12/16/20 11:27 AM

Stafford (ribs) won't practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
According to Birkett, the Lions are still planning to wait until the end of the week before deciding on Stafford's status for Sunday's game against the Titans. To that end, interim coach Darrell Bevell noted Wednesday that he's "totally comfortable" with Stafford not practicing this week, yet still playing when Sunday arrives. If Stafford isn't cleared to play, however, Chase Daniel would draw the start in his place.