Report: NFL investigating Lions following Stafford scratch

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Matthew Stafford was scratched with a again damage by the Detroit Lions earlier than Sunday’s recreation at Chicago, and the NFL is wanting into when the staff knew its quarterback wouldn’t have the ability to go towards the Bears, based on a number of studies on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Nov three, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a cross towards the Oakland Raiders within the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Obligatory Credit score: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports activities

Stafford was harm late within the Week 9 loss to the Oakland Raiders, based on normal supervisor Bob Quinn, and the Lions did checklist Stafford as restricted all through the week on the official damage report.

However a number of gamers mentioned the staff disclosed on Saturday that Stafford wouldn’t play. No official standing replace was given till Stafford was dominated inactive 90 minutes earlier than kickoff at Soldier Area.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Stafford’s damage dates to final season.

It’s common for the NFL to analyze damage issues associated to the official damage report and designations that may be considered as suspicious. Questionable means the staff provides the participant a 50-50 probability to play within the recreation. Uncertain equates to a 25 % probability.

“I’m not going to get into too many specifics however he actually was restricted. Participated however actually restricted via the week and we have been hoping by the point we bought to right this moment that we have been going to have the ability to do it,” Lions coach Matt Patricia mentioned on Sunday. “And like I mentioned, it simply wasn’t secure to place him in that scenario. So the knowledge that we bought, speaking with the docs, it wasn’t the proper factor to do. Once more, I’m extra involved about him greater than anything. He’s bought an amazing household. He’s an amazing man.

“So for us, that was a call that we made and we moved ahead and the staff, you already know, they moved ahead with the choice and I believe loads of these guys have been making an attempt to battle and do every part they might as a result of they know the way powerful he’s they usually know the way a lot it means to him and I believe they have been making an attempt to do every part we may for him. That’s it.”

Jeff Driskel began at quarterback and mentioned Sunday he realized only some hours earlier than kickoff that he would substitute Stafford.

The Bears beat the Lions 20-13. Driskel threw for 269 yards with one landing and one interception.

—Area Stage Media