The Lions have placed QB Matt Stafford (back) on IR. It never made any sense for them to bring him back in what's become a lost season. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in November that the tiny fractures in Stafford's back are "potentially chronic" and "could be an issue for him for years to come," so his recovery will be worth monitoring closely this offseason. QB David Blough will close out this year as Detroit's starter.

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said this morning that Stafford will have “no limitations” with the ligament injury to his throwing thumb — but we’re still considering him a riskier fantasy play than usual this week.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford is expected to start against the Panthers today and "has no limitations," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's despite a minor torn ligament in his throwing thumb. That injury still adds some level of risk to Stafford's Week 11 profile. And with WRs Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola out, Stafford looks like more of a QB2 this week.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. He got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Stafford seems to be trending toward playing. But between the injury to his throwing thumb and the absence of WR Kenny Golladay, he’s just a QB2 for Week 11.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been diagnosed with a partial tear in a ligament in his right (throwing) thumb, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "They’ll take the week to see how he throws the ball. But Stafford is tough as they come and the expectation is he starts Sunday against the Panthers," Pelissero adds. We'll keep a close eye on Stafford, but the injury to his throwing thumb obviously adds risk to his fantasy profile.

There's "not much concern" about Lions QB Matt Stafford's thumb after tests came back, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Though he may be limited some this week, the initial belief is he won’t miss game time," Rapoport adds. We'll keep an eye on Stafford's status throughout the week, but it sounds like he'll be available for Sunday's game vs. the Panthers.

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