As the Detroit Lions prepare to take on the Washington Redskins on the road, they’ll once again be without the services of Matthew Stafford and others.
The Detroit Lions will once again play a game without their field general, quarterback Matthew Stafford, under center. The ten-year passer will miss his third straight game due to bone fractures in his back. That places backup quarterback Jeff Driskel as the starter against the 1-9 Washington Redskins on the road this Sunday.
Despite the Lions 3-6-1 record going into Week 12, Stafford has been adamant about returning to the field this season. The 31-year old quarterback hadn’t missed a start for Detroit since 2010 before this streak of three-missed contests occurred. Stafford admitted that it’s been tough for him to sit on the sidelines and that’s driving him to return.
Yet, at FedExField on Sunday, Stafford will be on the bench once again as head coach Matt Patricia officially ruled him out on Friday. But the franchise quarterback will not be alone on the sidelines as several starters were designated as being “out” against the Redskins on the Lions’ final injury report. Here are those names …
Lions at Redskins – Designated as Out
The Lions only ruled one player questionable for the upcoming matchup against Washington, and that’s cornerback Rashaan Melvin. Suffering from a rib injury, Detroit’s starting cornerback’s status was not listed on the Injury Report for either Wednesday or Thursday’s practice. Melvin was able to participate during Friday’s session on a limited basis, which is a positive sign.
Four other players were listed on the Detroit Lions’ final injury report on Friday. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. (resting veteran), punter Sam Martin (abdomen), safety C.J. Moore (hamstring), and right tackle Rick Wagner (concussion) all participated in Friday’s practice session. Both Harrison and Martin were limited, while Moore and Wagner were full participants.