Matthew Stafford to start against Buccaneers


Stafford injured his right hand when Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs accidentally stepped on it during an interception return Sunday. He has been limited in practice all week, and he's officially listed as questionable.

Still, any kind of injury to the throwing hand/arm is very concerning. Barring any setbacks between now and game time, it appears that Stafford is good to go.

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It is a tough call, but keep Stafford benched this week.

The 29-year-old has not missed a game since his second season in 2010-11, where he was sidelined for nearly the entire year due to shoulder surgery.

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Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws the ball in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stafford, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by Detroit with the first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. The combination of these three receivers should make Tampa Bay focus defensively on preventing chunk yardage passing plays, as the Lions' running game has been mostly lackluster this season.

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The Lions (6-6) are scheduled to take on the Buccaneers (4-8) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. That includes defensive end Ziggy Ansah, guard T.J. Lang, punter Sam Martin and center Travis Swanson.