Lions listed Stafford as questionable, teammates say they knew he was out

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The Lions may be in hot water with the NFL over the way they reported on quarterback Matthew Stafford‘s back injury.

Stafford missed Sunday’s game against the Bears despite saying he would be “good to go,” and the Lions listed him as questionable on their injury report. That questionable designation didn’t change even though multiple teammates told reporters after the game that they learned on Saturday that Stafford couldn’t go.

If the Lions knew on Saturday that Stafford was out, they were supposed to update their injury report to indicate that. They didn’t.

However, Lions coach Matt Patricia said after the game that the decision to sideline Stafford wasn’t made until Sunday, when the team’s medical staff said it would be unsafe for Stafford to play.

The NFL fined the Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin this season over failing to properly report Ben Roethlisberger‘s injury. The league may look into the Lions and Patricia as well.

13 responses to “Lions listed Stafford as questionable, teammates say they knew he was out

  1. That’s definitely because of the refs, totally their fault and the reason they lost as well. The NFL hates the Lions so the refs created this confusion to bring controversy to the Lions franchise.

  2. I don’t even like Detroit but this is all about nothing. Players know when their fellow players aren’t going to play based on whether or not they guy is practicing, and how many hours he’s spent with the medical staff rather than on the practice field, but that still doesn’t mean there can’t be a game time decision made to play the guy anyway…HELLO….Once again the media trying to stir the pot

  3. The injury report is a joke.

    Eliminate it. If a stupid organization is going to have a clearly injured player on their “active” game roster, then they are shooting themselves in the foot. If a team doesn’t list that player on the game roster, then there is no harm and no foul to anyone.

    Like someone said earlier, teams know who is going to play (likely) by looking at who is practicing. It is not a secret.

  4. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    November 11, 2019 at 11:59 am

    The injury report is a joke.

    Eliminate it. If a stupid organization is going to have a clearly injured player on their “active” game roster, then they are shooting themselves in the foot. If a team doesn’t list that player on the game roster, then there is no harm and no foul to anyone.

    Like someone said earlier, teams know who is going to play (likely) by looking at who is practicing. It is not a secret.

    I agree but the injury report is purely for the Vegas odds makers. Nothing to do with the game on the field or non betting fans

  5. yep god forbid the lions provide an updated injury report, so the degenerate gamblers out there know how to properly use little johnny’s college fund making their bets. Do you think the bears cared if he played or not? You prep for Stafford, and hope Driskel plays lol. this is the league that is against gambling, helping gamblers. Joke.

  6. I am in a parlay pool and we have to submit the picks on Friday. I went with the Lions in that pool wasn’t happy to see Stafford out with a “surprise” broken back!

  7. If the injury is to those tiny transverse process bones (or whatever they’re called), that injury actually can be short-term. However, given the fact Patricia mentored under a coach that manipulates the injury report more than any other, this can’t be a surprise.

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