Stafford (thumb) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Stafford has regularly had his practice reps capped since suffering a right thumb injury Week 11, but he hasn't actually missed any games. The veteran signal-caller put up 42 pass attempts versus the Texans in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss, so his sore thumb doesn't appear to be hampering him too significantly. Top wideout Kenny Golladay (hip) couldn't practice to begin the week, but reliable slot man Danny Amendola (hip) managed a limited session.
Stafford completed 28 of 42 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Thursday's 41-25 loss to the Texans. He also gained three rushing yards on one carry and nearly caught a TD pass from Jamal Agnew on a trick play, but Stafford couldn't maintain possession as he hit the ground at the goal line. While there were more good moments for the Detroit offense than in last week's shutout, and the QB's sore thumb didn't seem to be an issue, there were plenty of bad plays too. Stafford tossed a pick-six to J.J. Watt, and his offensive line gave up four sacks and plenty of additional pressure. The Lions will face a tough test in Week 13 on the road against a Bears defense that's been among the best in the league in 2020.
Stafford (thumb) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Texans, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Stafford upgraded to a full practice participation Wednesday after beginning the week with back-to-back limited sessions. The 32-year-old played through a torn ligament in his right thumb during last weekend's loss to the Panthers, which may have contributed to him passing for a season-low 178 yards and no touchdowns in a game the Lions were trailing throughout. Stafford will look to put his injury fully behind him versus the Texans, though he'll have to accomplish that task without two of his top weapons in the passing game in Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip).
Stafford (thumb) was a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Stafford played through a partial ligament tear in his right thumb during Sunday's loss to the Panthers. His performance clearly was hindered, as he completed just 18 of 33 passes (55 percent) for 178 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. While it was a dismal performance, there haven't been any reported setbacks to Stafford's injury. At this time, he should be ready to start in the Thanksgiving Day clash against the Texans.
Stafford completed 18 of 33 passes for 178 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions during Sunday's 20-0 loss to Carolina. He also rushed four times for five yards. Toughing out a thumb injury and playing without D'Andre Swift (concussion), Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip), Stafford was unable to take advantage of an inviting matchup against a sliding Panthers defense. While his numbers would have looked better had a 51-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones not been flagged for an illegal offensive formation, Stafford clearly seemed to be affected by his injury, and, given the offense's subsequent struggles moving the ball, it wouldn't be a surprise if Detroit gives Stafford time to heal in the coming weeks. If not, Stafford at least will have an even better matchup in Week 12 against a Texans defense that is allowing the sixth-most yards per pass attempt (7.8) in 2020.
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