Updates on Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Blackout Situation

For the second day in a row, Matthew Stafford fully practiced, meaning the chances of him starting on Sunday are looking better and better.  The big concern was how his knee would respond after going through a full practice, and considering he has now done that two days in a row, it must have responded well.  There's always the chance of a setback as the week goes on, but for now, at least, it seems like his chances of playing are probable.

I'm not so sure what Calvin Johnson's chances of playing are, but I have to think they are questionable at best after he missed practice again on Wednesday.  The same goes for Jason Hunter, who also missed practiceJerome Felton did return, but apparently on a limited basis.

Whether or not we see some of these injured players on Sunday remains to be seen, but it appears that people in the blackout zone won't get to see them even if they do play.  There are 10,000 tickets left for Sunday's game, meaning a blackout is basically all but official at this point.  The team has until 1 p.m. on Thursday to reach a sellout or at least get close enough to one for the NFL will grant a 24-hour extension.  Neither of those things seems likely, so it looks like those of us in the blackout zone will have to go stream hunting on Sunday.  Pride of Detroit will still provide live updates, so make sure to check out the site during the game.

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