Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford missed his first game in 136 consecutive starts last week, and it appears his in danger of missing another.
The Lions veteran quarterback spent the open portion of Wednesday’s practice sidelined, swapping a helmet for a baseball cap. He did not participate during individual drills, only throwing a couple of passes in the end zone while the rest of the team warmed up.
Lions head coach Matt Patricia told the Cowboys media on Tuesday that Stafford’s status remains day-by-day and week-by-week.
Matt Patricia on Matthew Stafford's health: "We're diving into the week here, he's still kind of the same as we said before. He's day-by-day, week-by-week we’ll take it at that pace and see how it looks here as we go through the week."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 13, 2019
Backup quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and David Blough split reps during individual drills on Wednesday. In his first start of the season last week, Driskel went 27-of-46 for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Patricia came away from Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears optimistic about Driskel’s performance.
“I was really pleased with Jeff and the way that he played in the game,” Patricia said on Wednesday. “I thought the poise, for him to be able to go in and do what he did, I thought was really good.”
In addition to Stafford, the Lions were missing running back Ty Johnson (concussion), right tackle Rick Wagner (concussion), defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand (ankle), defensive end Romeo Okwara (groin) and safety Tracy Walker (knee).
Miles Killebrew returned to practice, suggesting that he’s close to working his way through concussion protocol. Additionally, A’Shawn Robinson and Mike Daniels were also practicing despite suffering additional injuries during Sunday’s game.
A full injury report for both the Lions and the Cowboys should be released around 4 p.m. ET. Wednesday.