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It's official — Stafford, Johnson will start

The Lions were expected to face the Packers on Thursday without quarterback Matt Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson.

But the team has now announced that both will start.

The inactive players for the home team are quarterback Drew Stanton (emergency quarterback), receiver Derrick Williams, safety Kalvin Pearson, fullback Terrelle Smith, linebacker Ernie Sims, center Melvin Fowler, offensive lineman Ephraim Salaam, and defensive end Dewayne White.

Stafford had been listed as doubtful and Johnson has been listed as questionable. 

Though the Packers might be thinking that they were snookered by the Lions, the “doubtful” classification suggests a 25-percent chance of playing.  And that one-out-of-four outcome has transpired.

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15 Responses to “It's official — Stafford, Johnson will start”
  1. faulkn22 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:26 AM

    Nobody can doubt this kids toughness. Nobody.

  2. MarkTroy says: Nov 26, 2009 11:26 AM


  3. PervyHarvin says: Nov 26, 2009 11:27 AM

    Yes,Yes f@ckin yes! Now it may be a game!

  4. firesnake says: Nov 26, 2009 11:31 AM

    Now can you give me your algorithm for when finagling around with the injury report is cheating and when it is not?
    So, if it were the Pats, you would be all over them …
    That being said, Stafford looked (and probably still is) banged up and maybe we’ll get to see some Daunte today.

  5. Chingonrungame!424 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:37 AM


  6. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 26, 2009 11:38 AM

    Bet the lions as 13.5 point underdogs – sweeeeet!
    Lions keep it close and if the Raindeers upset the Cowboys that will give me much to be thankful for.

  7. PolegoJim says: Nov 26, 2009 11:44 AM

    No MarkTroy – Shanahanigans!!! Edge’m anyway you can. Classic Shanahan/Belichick.
    Sorry PackFans – You’re going to be disappointed with indigestion. The Lions will beat the weak and inconsistent Cheeseheads.
    Stafford will have a career day.
    Curd em up and head em out.

  8. simple_simon1 says: Nov 26, 2009 11:59 AM

    Love it!!!!
    Very likely the Lions still lose. Hope they win though. I’ve been waiting so long for heart like this.
    Go Stafford!!!

  9. Twiz says: Nov 26, 2009 12:03 PM

    Today is a day I plan to cheer for the Lions!
    GO LIONS!!!!
    Would love to see Stafford pick apart the defense of the weak Fudgepackers and watch Karen Rodgers get sacked another 4-5 times!!!!!!!

  10. Igottz5onit says: Nov 26, 2009 12:06 PM

    @ SmackMyVickUp
    Yes we are all praying for the Raindeers this Thanksgiving
    America’s team my ass.

  11. mike says: Nov 26, 2009 12:16 PM

    Funny how the queens fans are afraid of the Packers winning since the collapse is about to start for them

  12. PoorFlorio says: Nov 26, 2009 2:01 PM

    Hey jackass, “snookered” doesn’t meean what you think it means.

  13. PervyHarvin says: Nov 26, 2009 2:38 PM

    @ Mike – When the collapse doesn’t happen?? Then what? Can’t wait to crush those lil dreams you cling to.

  14. lee16 says: Nov 26, 2009 4:11 PM

    So, PolegoJim, any more brilliant predictions you can enlighten us with?
    Unless of course by “career day” you meant Stafford will look clueless, throw 4 picks and get his team blown out of the stadium. In which case, well done sir.

  15. mike says: Nov 26, 2009 4:12 PM

    @pervy If the vikings dont win it all it will be a collapse. Remember when your coach and owner closed the door on the whole brett favre thing?

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