Lions Stafford to make trip; Bevell not counting him out vs. Titans

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford, who has not practiced all week due to injured ribs, will make the trip to Tennessee for Sunday’s game against the Titans.

It’s still uncertain whether the quarterback will start. It could come down to a workout on Sunday morning. Or not.

“He’s breathing really well, he’s better, he’s moving better. He’s feeling better how far that’s going to be we’ll see. You can’t really judge this because the guy is tough as nails,’’ interim coach Darrell Bevell said on Friday.

“I’ve had it before. (Brett) Favre was out 10 straight weeks, he was going to be out again, he walks in the day of the game and said, ‘I’m going.’ Guys like that, you give it to them and they go. So I feel like he’s in that same category (as Favre). He could walk in on Sunday and say, ‘I don’t care what anyone is saying, I’m going.’ So I’m going to let him go,’’ Bevell added.

Stafford injured his ribs — X-rays were negative — late in the loss to Green Bay.

“Sunday I didn’t feel good, I just wasn’t able to function. That was the biggest thing, I was spasming and locking up a little bit and I wasn’t able to throw, that’s basically what it boils down to,’’ Stafford said on Wednesday. “When I wasn’t able to do that, I felt like our best chance was to let Chase (Daniel) go out there and operate. I obviously don’t ever like coming off the field but I didn’t feel like I could help us any more.’’

Daniel finished the game and is preparing — like always — to start this week.

“Knowing (Stafford) he tries to play, there’s no doubt about it,’’ Daniel said. “The dude is one of the toughest dudes I’ve ever been around regardless of position.’’

For Stafford it seems rest, ice and heat is the best medicine this week. Not much else to do with ribs. 

“I think it kind of boils down to being able to operate, go out there to throw it around, be able to feel good enough to know or at least give myself a good chance of finishing the game,’ Stafford said. “Don’t want it to be one of those things where you go out there and do something weird early and you’re out after the first series of the game. Not to say, you can take a big hit and who knows what could happen.’’

He said he wants to feel good enough to start the game and finish it at a high level.

Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on Amazon.com. She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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