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Stafford "unlikely" to play on Thanksgiving

Matthew Stafford is going to make Lions games a lot more interesting to watch over the next five years.

His likely absence from Detroit’s Thanksgiving game against the Packers, however, is going to make them a lot less interesting to watch in three days.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Stafford is “unlikely” to play because of an AC joint separation in his left shoulder.  (Unless he’s faking it.) Don’t expect Lions coach Jim Schwartz to reveal Stafford’s status until just before gametime.

If Stafford is out, Daunte Culpepper will start for the Lions.  Sigh.

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  1. bearsrule says: Nov 23, 2009 5:45 PM

    They’re going to get this kid killed.

  2. jwill007 says: Nov 23, 2009 5:46 PM

    boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lol guess I will play more madden with the son….LOL

  3. DildoBaggins says: Nov 23, 2009 5:49 PM

    Brent Celek had an AC joint separation early in the season and was playing the nest week.
    It’s not his throwing shoulder, still a chance he can play.

  4. Bob Nelson says: Nov 23, 2009 5:54 PM

    The AC joint is the one that attaches the collar bone(wishbone) to the shoulder. That takes time to heal and can be made worse by playing and getting sacked or tackled.
    Neither he or the Lions want to make it bad enough to require surgery. He will have some pain. He will likely be the emergency QB.
    He should be back by the Arizona game or sooner.

  5. lebowski says: Nov 23, 2009 6:08 PM

    So Daunte gets to pick on Jarrett Bush all day.

  6. swervinmervin says: Nov 23, 2009 6:08 PM

    Matt Stafford, please meet Alex Smith.

  7. Bob S. says: Nov 23, 2009 6:09 PM

    Thanksgiving Day blackout?

  8. purple hay-seuss says: Nov 23, 2009 6:22 PM

    Whew. Good Thing I used to teach anatomy for a living. The clavicle is the name of the bone commonly referred to as “Collar Bone”.
    Bobby, Wish bone is common to flightless fowl, commonly eaten for Thanksgiving and barbeque. I hear a few birds that fly have them, too.
    I really hate to barge into a Detroit article, but, Goddamn it, Bobby. Unless you demonstrate to me that you have an MD hanging on your Mom’s basement wall, you can have Zero chance of recovering from this one. All Vikings fans and many Packers fans already know about your insipid reporting on the number of breaths taken by the whole Vikings coaching staff while airborne above 30,000 feet; we all know that you can quote the police blotter from Hennepin county from as far back as 1970 if it involves any Vikings player.
    But now you’re diagnosing and managing player injuries from a blog post! I hear Dr. James Andrews has an opening…..for a proctological training volunteer. He needs someone to practice getting kicked in the ass.
    PS, Lions fans; if this seems foreign to you, please visit Vikings posts for about a week. Bobby here insists on assaulting us with his fecal opinions and ‘morality’ almost daily.
    Now back to your regularly scheduled dismay.

  9. JimmySmith says: Nov 23, 2009 6:38 PM

    The Lion fans should not be too discouraged, Jarret Bush is capable of giving up a big play to the local high school QB so Pulllpecker or Stafford, what difference does it really make, Bush is a tool.

  10. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 23, 2009 6:41 PM

    Short memories I see. This same lame Packer Team lost to Tampa and a first time starting QB. Just because Stafford might not play doesn’t mean it’s an automatic win for the Slackers.

  11. footballrulz says: Nov 23, 2009 6:42 PM

    lebowski
    don’t even put things like that out in the ether man. We need to see as little of Jarrett Bush as possible. One more injury and we’re dust because he’ll have to start. I mean you know Terrible Teddy ain’ going for no outside help.

  12. Richm2256 says: Nov 23, 2009 6:50 PM

    “The AC joint is the one that attaches the collar bone(wishbone) to the shoulder. That takes time to heal and can be made worse by playing and getting sacked or tackled.
    Neither he or the Lions want to make it bad enough to require surgery.”
    Thank you for the diagnosis, Dr. Nelson.

  13. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 23, 2009 6:56 PM

    lebowski says:
    So Daunte gets to pick on Jarrett Bush all day.
    ____________________________________
    Yeah. I was going to say that’s better than Stafford doing it, but then I remembered it was Culpepper who benefited from us having Ahmad Carroll more than any other QB. Since Bush is basically just a younger, slightly less penalized Carroll, the principles should be the same, and that could prove costly.

  14. slipkid says: Nov 23, 2009 7:12 PM

    pullpecker to start? pack will cover.

  15. PervyHarvin says: Nov 23, 2009 7:15 PM

    Detroit 24 Packers 17

  16. PervyHarvin says: Nov 23, 2009 7:28 PM

    So,for you Packers guys that say if the Vikings win the SB only because a Packer(Favre) got it for us. Does that mean if Coalpecker beats you it was a 3rd Viking victory over the Pack.I mean,he was a Viking. Do you guys that say that see how dumb you sound now???

  17. Osterhouse says: Nov 23, 2009 7:29 PM

    If Stafford is out, Daunte Culpepper will start for the Lions. Sigh.
    ————-
    The sigh says it all. You KNOW Florio didnt write it hahaha. Remember when Florio was still border line small time but in the age of comments and comments with ratings and he had that exclusive Daunte retirement letter? hahaha good times

  18. FumbleNuts says: Nov 23, 2009 7:36 PM

    Pullpecker to save Thanksgiving day?

  19. JimmySmith says: Nov 23, 2009 7:53 PM

    PervyHarvin says: Packers guys that say if the Vikings win the SB only because a Packer(Favre) got it for us. Does that mean if Coalpecker beats you it was a 3rd Viking victory over the Pack.I mean,he was a Viking. Do you guys that say that see how dumb you sound now???
    No, but you sound like a complete idiot. And a Viking fan but that is just being redunant.

  20. Feetwet says: Nov 23, 2009 7:59 PM

    Sigh…another Blowhard Bob Nelson medical treatise backed up by an alphabet soup of bullshit degrees from MB ( Mom’s Basement ), PS ( Pure Speculation ) and TOHA ( Talking Out His Ass ). Higher education at its finest.

  21. nosleN boB says: Nov 23, 2009 8:01 PM

    How did this get hijacked into a Packers vs. Vikings thread?

  22. JoeSixPack says: Nov 23, 2009 8:05 PM

    Eric Mangini called. He’s impressed to the extent which the Lions are “selling” this fake injury.

  23. bluestree says: Nov 23, 2009 8:24 PM

    If I was the Lions I’d think about throwing their offense out the window, play some kind of spread, maybe no huddle and let Coldpickle (got to be at least two more of these out there) play catch with Megatron, that’s if Mr. Williams can play. And if Daunte can show the kind of athleticism he used to in Minny. Williams has hand and knee issues, but either way, the Lions have a puncher’s chance of winning . No doubt Green Bay will try to control the game with their offense, put as little as possible on the depleted D with a short week. On the other hand, if Green Bay makes the Lions look like, well, the Lions then they’ll have ten days to get ready for the Ravens. I think GB has the edge, I see Detroit letting down after a big win. OK that last part is all homer.

  24. ToledoLions says: Nov 23, 2009 8:30 PM

    @JoeSixPack,
    LOLz. I like your style.
    But for real I just hope the Lions can carry some momentum over from that game against the Clowns and at least keep it a competitive game. I don’t have high hopes for a win but I just want to see a competitive lions game on Turkey Day again just like back in the 90′s. Nothing would make me happier than watching the fourth quarter of a really close hard-nosed game while I’m wallowing in a plate full of amazing food in a half comatose state surrounded by good friends and family. That put me in a good mood just thinking about it.
    Happy thanksgiving to all. Even all you Packers and Vikings fans. Here’s to a good game.

  25. PervyHarvin says: Nov 23, 2009 8:31 PM

    @JimmySmith – Coming from the Internet king of garbage,I will ignore that remark!

  26. Bob Loblaw says: Nov 23, 2009 8:32 PM

    If I was a Lions fan — and thankfully I’m not — I’d hope for Stafford to sit out as long as necessary.
    The guy makes a lot of mistakes and throws a lot of INTs, but so did Peyton Manning when he started as a rookie on a bad team. Not saying Stafford will be as good as Peyton, but he should easily be the best QB to wear a Lions jersey in the past 30-40 years. Yesterday was a glimpse of how good he can be (basically a smarter version of Jay Cutler, but with true leadership qualities).
    So why risk aggrevating an injury? What’s a win really mean other than the difference between 3-13 and 4-12?

  27. bluestree says: Nov 23, 2009 9:05 PM

    @Toledo Lions; It looks like you’ve got a real franchise quarterback, and after watching this kid I don’t think he’ll break down mentally because he takes some shots. Just don’t get him killed. This is no David Carr. I look forward to a renewed Packers-Lions rivalry. Lions fans have reason to be opptimistic IMO.

  28. bucc19 says: Nov 23, 2009 9:29 PM

    I hope the Lions don’t risk the kid’s future on the GB game. They are not going to make the playoffs anyway, and this kid has a BRIGHT future, so Pack fans, enjoy one of your 8 wins this season, and ‘Queen fans enjoy your one year of being the most popular girl in school, because Matt Stafford is THEE bomb and you guys will be looking up at the Lions for years to come..and then maybe 15 years from now, the ‘ Queens can come calling to the Stafford estate to beg him to come out of retirement and give them some popularity again, only he’ll have to much class to take a shit on and flip off his loyal fan base. LOL, enjoy your seasons ‘Queen and Pack fans, cuz after this year you will all be after thoughts, and then the rest of us will not have to read your moronic , sophomoric, and illiterate babbling daily.

  29. forthelions? says: Nov 23, 2009 9:54 PM

    STAFFORD is out? We’ll be at the casino by halftime!

  30. Canyonero says: Nov 23, 2009 10:36 PM

    LOL @ purple hay-seuss
    good one

  31. Majik Man says: Nov 23, 2009 10:58 PM

    bluestree says:
    …maybe no huddle and let Coldpickle (got to be at least two more of these out there) play catch with Megatron, that’s if Mr. Williams can play.
    What Williams would that be? Roy? Mike?
    Calvin Johnson is referred to as Megatron. And the Lions don’t have either of the Williams’ anymore. Please think before speaking, or typing in this case.

  32. JoeSixPack says: Nov 23, 2009 10:59 PM

    This is really quite amazing when you consider that after Mangini squealed on “Spygate,” a practice that everyone who knows profootball acknowledges is a practice goes back to the 1950s (as confirmed by Jimmy Johnson’s admission and Lee Groscup’s great article)
    Mangini couldn’t help himself and blabbed to the media, creating a firestorm over something everyone in the NFL knows is common practice.
    Now Mangini is throwing another friend under the bus (no I don’t mean George Kokinis) with Schwartz, a former colleague when they were both with the Browns.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8146fc3f&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true
    And it’s not like it’s breaking news that players are coached to buy as much time as they can in those situations.
    Yet here goes Mangini again, stabbing another friend in the back to protect himself.
    This guy is just bad for football. Period.

  33. packers4life says: Nov 24, 2009 2:14 AM

    “Short memories I see. This same lame Packer Team lost to Tampa and a first time starting QB. Just because Stafford might not play doesn’t mean it’s an automatic win for the Slackers.”
    Get off the internet and go make out with your cardboard cut-out of Favre.

  34. GB3Pack4 says: Nov 24, 2009 5:09 AM

    “Matthew Stafford is going to make Lions games a lot more interesting to watch over the next five years. …… If Stafford is out, Daunte Culpepper will start for the Lions. Sigh.”
    My feelings exactly. And I’m a Pack fan.

  35. Beer Cheese Soup says: Nov 24, 2009 8:03 AM

    nosleN boB says:
    How did this get hijacked into a Packers vs. Vikings thread?
    ____________________________________
    You must be new to this site. EVERYTHING, including Steelers threads, eventually become either Packers-Vikings or Cowboys-Eagles. It’s just how it goes.

  36. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 24, 2009 1:46 PM

    why the sigh rosenthal? we could see harrington! (hehe)

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