QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/22/20 11:33 AM

Stafford (thumb) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was never cleared for full participation in practice at any point this week after he sustained a torn ligament to his right thumb in the Week 10 win over Washington. That said, the Lions became increasingly optimistic about Stafford's health as the week rolled along, with multiple reports coming through indicating he was able to throw the football without any major discomfort during practices Thursday and Friday. According to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Stafford was still donning a protective wrap on his thumb while he worked out early Sunday, but he once again appeared to be throwing without any issues. Rather than the thumb injury, the greater concern for Stafford this week is probably his dearth of weapons in the passing game; starting wideouts Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) and top running back D'Andre Swift (concussion) are all inactive for the contest.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sat 11/21/20 11:52 PM

Stafford (thumb) is expected to start Sunday's game against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
Quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said Friday the 32-year-old should be able to play with no limitations, and it appears he's avoided any setbacks halfway through the weekend. Stafford appears intent on playing through the ligament injury to his right thumb, but he'll also have to contend with the absences of the offense's top running back D'Andre Swift (concussion) and wideouts Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) in Carolina.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Fri 11/20/20 4:00 PM

Stafford (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Carolina, but Lions quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan said the veteran should be able to play without any limitations, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Multiple reports suggest Stafford is expected to play, as he's apparently been able to throw a football competently despite having a ligament injury to his right thumb. Injury aside, Stafford will face another the challenge in the form of a depleted supporting cast, with top running back D'Andre Swift (concussion) and starting wideouts Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) all being ruled out. The Lions and Panthers are scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Fri 11/20/20 1:17 PM

The Lions expect Stafford (thumb) to play Sunday against the Panthers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was held out of Wednesday's practice while tending to a ligament injury to his right thumb. He then returned Thursday as a limited participant, and he apparently looked good enough to make the Lions feel confident in his availability for Sunday. Teammates D'Andre Swift (concussion), Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) may not be as fortunate, with each of the three missing Friday's practice and seemingly trending toward sitting out the Week 11 contest.

QMatthew Stafford
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Thu 11/19/20 4:14 PM

Stafford (thumb) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
EDGE Analysis
Tending to a sprained right thumb in the aftermath of Sunday's win over Washington, Stafford was withheld from the Lions' first Week 11 practice Wednesday. He was back on the field Thursday, however, with Kyle Meinke of MLive.com noting that the quarterback donned a supportive device to protect the torn ligament in his thumb. Meinke notes that though Stafford only threw about nine light passes during the open portion of the practice, the Lions remain optimistic that he'll be able to tough it out and play Sunday against the Panthers. Even if that's the case, Stafford could find himself without two of his top weapons, as running back D'Andre Swift (concussion) and Kenny Golladay (hip) failed to take part in Thursday's practice.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Wed 11/18/20 4:34 PM

Stafford (thumb) did not practice Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
The Lions are optimistic that Stafford will be able to play through a partial tear in a ligament in his right thumb without missing time, but he'll likely need to practice prior to Sunday's game in Carolina in order to suit up. The 32-year-old will have two more practice opportunities to prove that he's not at significant risk of exacerbating his injury and that his throwing ability is unhindered.

QMatthew Stafford
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Tue 11/17/20 7:09 PM

Stafford suffered a partial tear in a ligament in his right thumb, but he's expected to play in this Sunday's game versus the Panthers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford picked up this injury during last week's win over Washington, and he finished the game without missing a snap. He'll likely be closely monitored during the practice week to see if the injury hinders his throwing ability, but the Lions are entering Week 11 under the assumption that Stafford will start under center. If Stafford's health takes a turn during the practice week, however, Chase Daniel is the next man up at quarterback.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Mon 11/16/20 9:21 AM

The Lions are optimistic Stafford's thumb injury isn't serious, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
After X-rays came back negative, he'll have more tests Monday to make sure there's no structural damage. The Lions don't expect him to miss any games, but it's possible the outlook changes if the tests reveal something significant. Stafford was sharp in Sunday's 30-27 win over Washington, completing 24 of 33 passes for 276 yards. Next up is a road matchup with the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/15/20 4:50 PM

Stafford completed 24 of 33 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 30-27 win against Washington. Afterward, he said he'll undergo X-rays on his right thumb, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford had three completions of at least 25 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown to Marvin Hall and a 27-yard TD to Marvin Jones to account for the Lions' first two scores. He's surpassed 300 yards through the air in just two of nine games this season, but Sunday's outing marked his third of the season without a pick. Stafford's postgame comments indicate he may be dealing with a health concern, as he told Brad Galli of WXYZ Detroit that his right hand "didn't fell so hot" when he attempted to grip the ball at one point. Consequently, Stafford's status will be one to watch in the coming days.

QMatthew Stafford
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Wed 11/11/20 4:15 PM

Stafford (neck) is listed as a full participant on Wednesday's injury report.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford, who was forced out of Sunday's loss to the Vikings in the fourth quarter, is listed with a neck injury on Wednesday's practice report, but it doesn't appear that his Week 10 availability is in any jeopardy. However, with Kenny Golladay (hip) still not practicing, Stafford could realistically once again be without his top target versus the Football Team.