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Matthew Stafford Injury Updates

Lions GM Bob Quinn said from the Combine on Tuesday that QB Matt Stafford (back) will be a "full-go" for the start of the team's offseason program. Stafford's 2019 campaign ended in November with tiny fractures in his upper spine. He avoided surgery, although ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in late November that the injury is "potentially chronic" and "could be an issue for him for years to come." Stafford will be worth watching closely this offseason -- but he looks like a fine value at QB14 ADP in early FFPC best-ball drafts. Lamar Jackson was the only QB to average more fantasy points per game last year.

The Lions have discussed shutting down QB Matt Stafford with his back injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, although the QB is still hoping to return this season. Stafford is 3 weeks removed from an injury that generally requires a 6-week recovery period. It frankly doesn't make much sense for the 3-6-1 Lions to rush him back. Schefter adds that the tiny fractures in Stafford's back are "potentially chronic" and "could be an issue for him for years to come."

Lions QB Matt Stafford is considered week-to-week with the fractured bones in his back, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A source told Schefter that Stafford could miss just "this week or 3 weeks." This injury reportedly dates back to last season. It nearly cost him the game against the Chiefs earlier this year and evidently flared up on him at some point this week. We'll keep a close eye on Stafford's status moving forward.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Lions QB Matt Stafford (back) is "hoping" to play against the Bears today, although some are trying to convince him to sit out. Stafford is reportedly a true game-time decision. We didn't hear any concern about his status throughout the week, but he's clearly dealing with a legitimate injury here. We'll get his official status around 11:30 am ET, but even a healthy Stafford was a shaky fantasy play in Chicago. QB Jeff Driskel will start if Stafford is out and would obviously be a big downgrade for the passing game.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hip) is listed as questionable for Week 4 after being added to the injury report and limited in Friday's practice. We'll look for updates on his status over the weekend. Stafford has started 131 straight games dating back to 2011 and was looking like a nice spot-start option at home for the Chiefs this week.

Lions C Frank Ragnow left Friday night's preseason game against the Bills with a worrisome-looking leg injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, however, reports that Ragnow sustained only a minor ankle sprain. With 2 weeks until the season begins, this doesn't seem like an issue that should alter fantasy football outlooks for others on the Detroit offense. Treat RB Kerryon Johnson and/or QB Matthew Stafford as you were planning.

Lions QB Matt Stafford played through "broken bones in his back" last season, according to Mike O’Hara of the team's official website. Stafford was listed on the injury report for the final 4 games of the year, but this is the 1st we've heard of the extent of the injury. He did struggle in those final 4 outings, averaging just 6.0 yards per attempt with 3 total TDs. But Stafford's bigger problem last season was Detroit's renewed commitment to the run, which left Stafford with a career-low 34.7 pass attempts per game. His volume might drop again in 2019 with the arrival of run-loving O Darrell Bevell. Stafford is just a lower-end QB2 in fantasy drafts.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (ankle, hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He put in a full week of practice, though, and is fully expected to play. The injuries obviously add some risk, but there’s also big upside in the Superdome, where the Saints have allowed multiple TDs to 13 of the last 17 visiting QBs.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hamstring, ankle) practiced on Wednesday. He said afterward that he's "feeling ok," according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official website. Stafford is on track to play against the Saints this weekend. How big a factor those leg injuries will be remains to be seen.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Lions are "optimistic" that QB Matt Stafford will be able to play against the Saints this weekend. He suffered quad and ankle injuries in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the week. Stafford will have plenty of upside as long as he's able to play in New Orleans.

Update: ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that Stafford suffered a sprained ankle and a hamstring injury and that his practice week will determine his status for Sunday.

Lions QB Matt Stafford played through 1 or more leg injuries in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. He had his knee, ankle and foot taped up on the sidelines and was hobbling around in the 2nd half. Stafford didn't miss any snaps but was clearly bothered. He's now been sacked 6 times in back-to-back games. Neither Stafford nor HC Jim Caldwell had an injury update after the game, so we'll need to monitor him throughout the week.

Lions QB Matt Stafford dislocated and tore ligaments in the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand during Sunday's game against the Bears. He didn't miss any snaps but played the rest of the game with a glove and admitted that the finger was an issue. "I haven't thrown with [a glove] in a long time," he said. "Trying to get the feel back was a little difficult." Stafford has no control over the top part of the finger, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein, and will need to wear the glove the rest of the season. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the coming week, but the issue will certainly add risk to his fantasy profile.

Lions WR Marvin Jones is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Bears, according to multiple reports. He's officially questionable with the thigh injury that kept him out of last week's win over the Saints but should be available to fantasy football owners. Getting Jones back could also only help the fantasy outlook for QB Matthew Stafford.


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