The Detroit Lions don’t have a great history of preseason finales in Buffalo. James Stewart broke his shoulder in the final preseason game of 2003 and not only missed the season but never was able to resume his career. In 2005, Jeff Garcia broke his fibula and was out until late-October.
Preseason finales are all about staying healthy, especially when it involves the Lions traveling to Buffalo. So will Matthew Stafford get a series or two, or will he be held out entirely?
When asked about the plan for Stafford’s playing time in Thursday’s game, Jim Caldwell was very noncommittal and very general in his answer:
That remains to be seen yet. We’ll see. We haven’t made a declaration in terms of who’s playing. In this case, it’s not going to be across the board with any particular position or individual. It’ll be depending upon who we want to see and need to see and who we don’t need to see at this particular time if that indeed happens. The great majority of the guys will probably get some playing time.
Coachspeak, at its finest.
The Lions haven’t been shy about holding players out of preseason action so far so it wouldn’t be a shock to see Stafford stay in his backwards hat instead of putting on a helmet.
Caldwell mentioned the decision being dependent on who they want to see and there is still plenty that needs to be seen at the quarterback position. Dan Orlovsky‘s preseason performances to date have ranged from unimpressive to inconsistent while Kellen Moore has one last chance to convince the Lions that they need to keep three quarterbacks on the final 53-man roster.