Jim Caldwell Gives an Update on the Hand Injury for QB Matthew Stafford

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered an injury to his throwing hand Sunday when he was stepped on by Terrell Suggs after throwing a fourth-quarter interception against Baltimore. He left the game — the first time that’s happened since Week 8 of 2015 — and was replaced by Jake Rudock.

He underwent X-rays at M&T Bank Stadium, which were negative for a break. But he was sore after the game, experiencing a burning nerve-type pain in the throwing hand, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

A day later, he had three fingers individually taped for a light walk-through back in Allen Park. Those are closed to the media, and it’s unclear how much Stafford participated. Detroit returns to practice Wednesday afternoon, and it’ll be interesting to see how much Stafford is able to do, and how good he looks doing it.

“He’s not out of the woods yet,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “We’ll kind of see what he can do as the week goes on. It’s not like it’s some insignificant injury. That’s not the case. It’s something that we’re going to have to look at and deal with here over the course of the week to see where he is. Yeah, he’s not out of the woods.”

Lions Rookie LB Jarrad Davis on the Practice Field After Missing Week Three

Rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis was on the practice field Wednesday for the Lions after missing their loss to Atlanta last weekend because of a concussion.

The Lions listed Davis, their first-round draft pick, as limited in practice. Also limited Wednesday were safety Glover Quin, cornerback Jamal Agnew, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, center Travis Swanson, safety Tavon Wilson and defensive end Anthony Zettel.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah, safety Don Carey, guard T.J. Lang and running back Dwayne Washington did not practice.

Stafford and the Lions Roar Past the Cardinals 35-23 to Open the 2017 Season

Add a lot of Lions QB Matthew Stafford ad a little bit of help from rookie Kenny Golladay, and you have a solid opening day win for the Lions, as they topped the Arizona Cardinals 35-23 at Ford Field.

Stafford got off to a tough start, as his first pass was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Justin Bethel, but the player with the richest contract in the NFL bounced back. He was 29 for 41 yards for 292 yards and threw 45- and 10-yard TD passes to Golladay, along with short passes to Theo Riddick and Marvin Jones for scores.

A snap after Golladay ran past Bethel and fully extended to catch a long TD pass, Miles Killebrew intercepted Cardinals QB Carson Palmer’s pass and returned it for a score with 4:13 remaining.

Palmer was 27 of 48 for 269 yards with three interceptions, one shy of his career high, and threw a 1-yard TD pass to J.J. Nelson in the final minutes.

David Johnson, who led the league with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns last season, was limited to 23 yards rushing on 11 carries and had six receptions for 68 yards.

It was a solid showing for a team that is expected to put up a lot of points in 2017. Stafford and the offense took awhile, and were able to dominate in the second half, outscoring the Cards 26-13 to take home the win.

Lions Open the Season with a Big Win!

As a Lions fan this game was hard to watch. Downright DREADFUL at times. The first quarter left me wondering what kind of season we were going to be in for this year. The offense looked pedestrian. The special teams showcased a lethargic effort repeatedly. By the time the 2nd quarter started I had already begin to mumble our famous slogan, “Same Ole Lions”.
Then something AMAZING happened. Glover Quinn picked off Carson Palmer. The highest paid player in NFL history, Matthew Stafford, proved his value on a 3rd and long scrambling for 15 yards for a much needed first down. That drive ended in a touchdown pass to Marvin Jones Jr putting the Lions on the board.
The Lions never let up, never gave up, and never backed down from then on. I could spend time highlighting each meaningful play, but the game ball for today’s game goes to the entire DETROIT LIONS DEFENSE!!! They kept the team in the game and made big play after big play just when the team needed it the most. 5 total forced turnovers, with 4 successfully going are way including a big pick 6 to seal the game (3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery).
Kenny Golladay struggled early, but had his Megatron moments scoring two touchdowns. Golden Tate continued where he left off and Stafford put up a solid performance throwing 4 touchdowns. It’s early and changes need to be made to improve the team (penalties, special teams, personnel, etc.) but, I’m confident after today’s comeback victory this will not be the “Same Ole Lions” this year!!!

Well at least not for another week!!!

Lions 35 – Arizona 23

NFL Week One Inactives – Cardinals vs Lions

Cardinals:

Deone Bucannon (LB)
Alani Fua (LB)
Ronald Zamort (CB)
Robert Nkemdiche (DT)
Blaine Gabbert (QB)
Chad Williams (WR)
Scooby Wright (LB)

Lions:

Khyri Thornton (DT)
Brandon Chubb (LB)
Armonty Bryant (DE)
Kerry Hyder (DT)
Mike James (RB)
Brandon Copeland (LB)
Jordan Hill (DT)

Lions Waive Tackle Cyrus Kouandjio


The Lions waived one of the two tackles they brought in on Tuesday, waiving Cyrus Kouandjio.

The Lions announced that they have waived Cyrus Kouandjio. Kouandjio was signed on the same day that the team made a trade with the Rams for Greg Robinson and Robinson won the job as Decker’s fill-in over the course of the summer.

Kouandjio was a second-round pick by the Bills in 2014 and was dropped by the Bills shortly after an incident in April that ended with him climbing over an electric fence in a field while partially clothed and asking police to shoot him.

Kouandjio played in 25 games and made seven starts in his three years with the Bills.

Matthew Stafford Not Sure He’ll Be Open to Contract Talks After the Preseason

The Lions are comfortable continuing contract negotiations with quarterback Matthew Stafford during the season, but Stafford said he’s not sure if he’ll be open to doing the same, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“I haven’t made any determination on that,” Stafford said.

Stafford and the Lions have been working towards a new contract since early March, but negotiations have only ramped up in the last month.

Entering his ninth NFL season, Stafford is entering the final year of a contract extension he signed in 2013 and that pays him $16.5 million this fall.

Stafford said earlier this summer he’s “pretty tired of talking about” his contract, which has led some to believe he and his agents will halt negotiations in season.

“No matter what happens, I’ve got a year left on my contract here so I’m going to be here this year playing football for this team,” Stafford said at the start of camp. “So it’s on my shoulders to be as good as I possibly can to help our team win.”

He reiterated Monday he has no timetable for getting a deal done.

“I told you guys the last time we talked about this, I had no expectations going into it,” Stafford said. “I’m doing myself and our team a disservice if that’s what I’m worried about. I truly am letting the guys upstairs here and my agent hash it all out and I’m just trying to be as good a football player as I can be and help our team.”

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