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.
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.