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Lions: Matthew Stafford unsure if he’ll play this weekend against the Saints


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After being left hobbled in the wake of week five’s 27-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford told WJR Radio that he doesn’t know if he’ll play on Sunday due to a leg/ankle injury.

Stafford’s multiple injuries coming out of Sunday’s loss were as a result of his offensive line essentially leaving the Lions QB out to dry to the tune of six sacks. To add, Stafford has now been sacked a total of 12 times over the course of the past two weeks which in any sense it’s amazing he’s only dealing with a leg and ankle injury while notably remaining in the game against the Panthers Monday.

And perhaps that’s the silver lining for Stafford and the Lions. Not coming out of the game Sunday leads me to believe he’ll probably give this weekend’s road contest a go in New Orleans. Unsurprisingly head coach Jim Caldwell was telling reporters to essentially wait for the report on Stafford when that comes out later in the week.

Via CBS Sports:

“I think like most of the guys (he’s) pretty sore after the game, but the rest you’ll have to wait for the injury report,” Caldwell said, per the Detroit Free Press.

When asked if it would make sense to rest Stafford this week with the Lions’ bye week looming, he refused to answer the question.

“Totally hypothetical situation, which generally, as you all know, I’m not going to answer,” Caldwell said.

Like most NFL teams out there, playing without their starting is pretty much the kiss of death for any large stretches. This is certainly the case for the Lions who undoubtedly live and die by the success of Stafford. Not to mention if Stafford can’t go they’ll have to turn to sixth round pick Jake Ruddock who although turned heads in the preseason has yet to throw a pass in an NFL regular season game.

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