QMatthew Stafford
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Tue 12/15/20 1:08 PM

Stafford has been diagnosed with a rib cartilage injury, which leaves his status cloudy for Sunday's game at Tennessee, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was removed from the Lions' Week 14 loss in the fourth quarter after getting sandwiched by two Packers defenders. Fortunately for the signal-caller, X-rays were returned negative, but the Lions aren't "optimistic" he'll be available Week 15. Stafford is notorious for playing through the pain, though, so his status -- especially at practice -- bears watching as the weekend approaches. If he's forced to miss his first game of the season Sunday, Stafford will yield QB duties to Chase Daniel.

QMatthew Stafford
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Mon 12/14/20 4:34 PM

Stafford (ribs) had his X-rays come back negative Monday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Lions haven't yet officially commented on Stafford's status for Week 15, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has reported that the veteran signal-caller's rib injury could realistically jeopardize his availability versus the Titans. That would lead to Chase Daniel starting under center, but it's at least encouraging that Stafford's injury doesn't appear to be a long-term issue.

QMatthew Stafford
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Mon 12/14/20 3:23 PM

Stafford (ribs) hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans, but his status is in doubt, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was forced out of the Lions' Week 14 loss to the Packers in the fourth quarter, and Rapoport notes that his rib injury caused him significant pain. The Lions have scheduled X-rays for Stafford, and the team no doubt will evaluate him closely throughout practice this week if those results come back negative. Chase Daniel would figure to start against the Titans if Stafford can't go.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 12/13/20 8:13 PM

Interim coach Darrell Bevell said after Sunday's loss to the Packers that Stafford (ribs) will be getting X-rays on the rib injury that knocked him out of the game in the fourth quarter, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The results of the X-rays should help determine whether Stafford will be available to play against the Titans in Week 15. If Stafford's unable to suit up in that one, Chase Daniel would be in line to start under center for Detroit. The 5-8 Lions have little reason to rush their starting quarterback's return with the playoffs almost certainly out of reach.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 12/13/20 7:21 PM

Stafford (ribs) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Packers.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford went to the locker room after taking a big hit to the ribs in the fourth quarter. He quickly reemerged and tried to take some warm-up throws but didn't look comfortable, paving the way for backup Chase Daniel to enter the game. Prior to his exit, Stafford completed 24 of 34 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 12/13/20 2:57 PM

Stafford (thumb) is listed as active Sunday against the Packers.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford's practice reps have been managed since he injured his right thumb Week 10 against Washington. Including that contest, he's completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 1,151 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions over the past four games. Stafford will aim to keep up the pace versus a Green Bay defense that has allowed 7.4 yards per attempt (11th worst) and 21 TD passes (13th most) to quarterbacks this season.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sat 12/12/20 11:52 PM

Stafford (thumb), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday versus Green Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
The veteran quarterback has been playing through the right thumb injury for most of the past month, so it's hardly a surprise he's on track to take the field again this weekend. Stafford remains without No. 1 wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) for the sixth straight contest, but the expected return of tailback D'Andre Swift (illness) should bring a boost to the offense.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 12/11/20 4:06 PM

Stafford (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford played through the same injury last week, throwing for 402 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Lions alive in the wild-card race. Their schedule over the final month of the season will make it difficult to stay in the hunt, but any thought of shutting down Stafford is still a few weeks away. He should be out there Sunday, throwing passes to a receiving corps that will be missing Kenny Golladay (hip) for a sixth straight week.

QMatthew Stafford
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Thu 12/10/20 4:32 PM

Stafford (thumb) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford hasn't been a stranger to limited practice reps since he first injured his right thumb nearly a month ago, but the issue isn't something that's shed any serious doubt on his availability as of late. While there's not yet any real reason to worry about Stafford gaining clearance for Sunday's game against the Packers, it's worth noting that top wideout Kenny Golladay (hip) was once again absent from practice Thursday.

QMatthew Stafford
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Wed 12/9/20 4:13 PM

Stafford (right thumb) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Lions have regularly managed Stafford's practice reps since he first injured his right thumb, but he's played through the issue in four straight contests. The veteran quarterback has even attempted 42 passes in back-to-back games, and he put up a season-best 402 yards against Chicago's secondary last weekend. Stafford will look to keep his momentum against Green Bay's 15th-ranked pass defense.