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Lions' Stafford looks ready, Johnson a question mark

Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford appears to be healthy enough to play on Sunday, but wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s status is up in the air.

Tom Kowalski of reports that Stafford has taken all the snaps with the first-string offense during the portion of practice the media can watch. So it’s looking like Stafford will start against the Rams.

Johnson, however, is still nursing a knee injury and may not be able to play. John Niyo of the Detroit News reports that Johnson was jogging on the sidelines rather than participating in wide receiver drills.

Both Stafford and Johnson are expected to be listed as questionable, and coach Jim Schwartz — who tends to play things close to the vest on the injury front — is likely to call both game-time decisions.

Stafford started the first four games of the season but has missed the last two. He has completed 79 of 139 passes for 894, with three touchdowns and six interceptions. Johnson started the first five games of the season before missing Week 6. He has 22 catches for 325 yards and one touchdown.

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8 Responses to “Lions' Stafford looks ready, Johnson a question mark”
  1. chapnasty says: Oct 30, 2009 12:44 PM

    Why didn’t Jerry Jones send all of those draft picks to Detroit for Calvin Johnson? That would have been far more worth it.

  2. Drat says: Oct 30, 2009 12:44 PM

    Cripes. I picked the Rams to beat the Lions this weekend. I didn’t know Stafford would be back. This game is so full of ineptitude, all it takes is one competent guy to make the difference.
    Go Rams!! Uh, may the force be with you. Uh, you’re doomed. Can you imagine the implications of this game? The loser is truly the loseriest loser of all losing time.

  3. red13 says: Oct 30, 2009 12:47 PM

    Crap, there goes anychance the Rams had of winning a game this year…

  4. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 30, 2009 1:28 PM

    Well, ideally both players would be able to start, but you take what you can get.
    Hopefully having Stafford in at QB will give the Lions enough firepower (stop snickering) to keep St. Louis winless. After all, if they can squeak out a victory, there’s a very good chance that the Rams won’t win a game this season.
    It’s almost enough to make me go out and buy Sunday Ticket.

  5. kenyatta says: Oct 30, 2009 2:57 PM


  6. crodseth says: Oct 30, 2009 3:44 PM

    Stafford has one hell of a gun. Give him a few more games, and he’ll get comfortable enough to maybe squeeze out another win, maybe two before the end of the year.

  7. D.R.Universal says: Oct 30, 2009 3:45 PM

    it does matter to me b/c CJ is on my fantasy team! thanks…

  8. Otis B. Driftwood says: Oct 30, 2009 4:06 PM

    Thanks Kenyatta. Great post.

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