The Detroit Lions had their first practice of the week today, giving fans their first real indication of if starting quarterback Matthew Stafford and starting running back Jahvid Best will play. What is the indication? It's still too early to tell with Stafford, but Best is likely out.
The good news with Stafford is that he was in uniform and did participate in practice on a limited basis. The bad news is Shaun Hill took the first-team reps. Obviously that doesn't mean Stafford will miss Sunday's game, but it's important to get Hill first-team reps in case Stafford doesn't play. It's tough for me to even guess what his status will be for Sunday, but based on his comments yesterday, I'm slightly leaning toward him being out.
"I think every competitor plans on playing," Stafford said in an appearance on the Mitch Albom Show on WJR-AM (760) today. "We’ll see if that comes true. I’ve got to keep getting better to get there, but I want to, obviously."
Considering Stafford vowed in the offseason to play all 16 games, I would expect him to try to play if he can. The coaches (and trainers) will ultimately have to make the decision about if he's healthy enough, as you don't want Stafford to try to get into the game and make the injury worse.
As for Best, he wasn't even at practice today. Considering he is still recovering from his concussion, it doesn't seem likely he will be ready to go on Sunday. That could definitely change, but with Best it might be wise to give him another week off with the bye right around the corner.