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Detroit Lions send Jeff Driskel, not Matthew Stafford, to Injured Reserve

Lions place a quarterback on IR, but not the one we thought it would be.

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The Detroit Lions placed quarterback Jeff Driskel on injured reserve Saturday, days after the quarterback missed the team’s Thanksgiving matchup against the Chicago Bears. The team confirmed the move on Twitter.

Driskel’s move to injured reserve is the corresponding move to the Lions addition of quarterback Kyle Slotter from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.

Reports from last week suggested that the Lions were beginning to have conversations about shutting down starting quarterback Matthew Stafford for the season due to his back injury that has kept him out of the action for the past few weeks. The addition of Slater gave them an opportunity to place Stafford on IR. Choosing to IR Driskel instead may mean that the team believes that Stafford still could play this season.

Driskel started three games for the Lions this season in relief of Stafford, losing all three games.

Detroit also added quarterback Joe Callahan to their practice squad.