Vikings Expect Lions QB Stafford To Start Despite Injury

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 27, 2012 – 6:23 am

An injury prevented Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford from finishing last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans, and that has some wondering whether Stafford will start this week’s game against the Vikings.

Stafford left the Tennessee game with what was described as a strained leg muscle, according to the Detroit Free Press’s Dave Birkett. On Wednesday, Stafford did not participate in Detroit’s practice and he was listed on the injury report with a “hamstring” designation. But in his report, Birkett also noted that there’s been ambiguity about what exactly is bothering Stafford – some have referenced a hip, others the hamstring, and then last week’s in-game announcement was “strained leg muscle.”

While there may be ambiguity about what is holding Stafford back for the moment, the Vikings have clarity about what they expect on Sunday at Ford Field.

“We’ll prepare as if he is going to start,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “We’ll, of course, look at tape on Shaun Hill as well, but yeah, we’re expecting Stafford to be the starter and then we’ll have to adjust if it’s Shaun Hill.”

The Vikings are taking the prudent course of action in assuming Stafford will play. Stafford has dealt with injuries at various points in his career, but he has a reputation for being able to play – and play well – through pain and injury. Stafford said on Wednesday that he feels “better today than I did on Sunday” and that it’s taking it “day-by-day.”

In 4 career games against the Vikings, Stafford has completed 63.5% of his passes and averages 245.3 yards per game with 6 TDs and 2 INTs.

As Frazier mentioned, if Stafford is unable to play it will be Hill who replaces him. Hill went undrafted out of Maryland in 2002 and made his NFL debut with the Vikings. He played in Minnesota through 2005, and has also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers (2006-09) and now the Lions. For his career, Hill has completed 61.9% of his passes and has a 41-23 TD-INT ratio.


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22 Responses to “Vikings Expect Lions QB Stafford To Start Despite Injury”

  1. By vikingfanforlife on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes win it no matter who the lion’s have as quarterback is.

  2. By vikingfanforlife on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry about the typo

  3. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Shaun Hill is no push over…

    Should be an interesting game…

    This is a game I have a hard time predicting an outcome…

    The Vikings went into “uncharted waters” with their game plan last week…And opened up the play book to accommodate a strong 49ers run defense…A kind of play calling I don’t think Frazier prefers to use…Will Frazier cr awl back into his “run first” offensive sh ell…I tend to think he will…

    Prove me wrong Frazier ??…And I believe the Vikings dominate win this game…

    But climb back within Frazier’s comfort zone…With the slow and met hodical “establish the run first” offense…I think the slow start will bu ry the Vikings offense…And create a ho le they can not come back from…

    Vikings need to get into rhythm early again this week…And loo sen up the Lions defense with the pa ss attack of Ponder…Then big holes will open for the ground game Frazier wants to use…

    Balance on offense is the key…All teams respect the run from the Vikings…Making teams respect the pa ss…

    Makes the Vikings down right DANGEROUS !!!…

    And unpredictable…

  4. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    *dominate and win

  5. By odark30 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Lions better double up on Jared Allen or Stafford is gonna be ground beef.

  6. By 61Vikings on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions have beaten us 3 in a row, what?? Just saw that on NFL Network!! When was the last time that happened?? We’ve always dominated the Lions!! Let’s make sure its not 4 Vikes!! If we play as intense as we did last Sunday, we will beat the Lions, no matter who starts at QB for them!!

  7. By ozzinator on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply


  8. By rory from n.w.ark on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Same game plan we need to start out with a long drive and get a touchdown,that just destroyed 49rs last week an 8 minute drive and 7 points,to open ,keep the ball in Ponders hand if Lions dont have the ball they cant score right?,we know the lions pass ,so step up our pressure need to get creative ,keep lions off balance,we can do this we do have the talent ,take a shot to Simpson deep at least twice in this game but just another weapon that detroit has not seen and a dang good one at that…slip in Wright along with all our other studs ,get our running game going ,we do have the weapons all over the field ,GO VIKINGS ,another win and even the NFL experts will sit up and take notice…

  9. By franatark on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Seems as though those vikings are blossoming before our very eyes. Simpson in the armory means alot, QB pressure will be key to stopping megatron. Keep the faith (3-1)…….

  10. By Kevin on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    I believe that if we get out to a slow, run first then pass offense, we will end up playing from behind. Dont get me wrong, I respect our run game, have since Robert Smith but as high powered of a passing game we are facing, we need to strike first out of the gate then hold them with the ball in our hands for the remainder of the game. PASS, PASS,RUN,RUN.

  11. By iaVIKE on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Indeed, we have to take our shots, but we saw last week how important it is to stick with the run. It keeps the defense honest, and will allow Percy,Rudolph, and Simpson to get open so that CP7 can take those shots.

  12. By vikingbob136 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Herm Edwards says” Watch those Vikings, they are dangerous!”
    Stafford or not, we can beat this team.
    Good to see real refs working this weekend.

  13. By tomcat on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    this is gonna be a real slugfest! kittens are desperate. we need to get max pressure on stafford. if front 4 cant get there we need to get creative- safety & corner blitz (which worked vs. jags) in addition to lbs. im sure we will slide coverage to megatron, but pettigrew killed us last year. offensively, titus is right-it would be a mistake to just pound away with ap. the titans exposed the kittens weak secondary last week. we should air it out early and often! percy and pals will be scampering around the kittens endzone. vikings 27 -kittens 20. skol!!

  14. By Parkway on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    First offensive play should be a double go with Simpson and Harvin, complete or incomplete it should send a nice message to the Lions defense.

  15. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply


    Agree with your plan…

    But I would unload that pass, on the second play of the game…

    Throw a first down swing pass to Percy for about an 8 yard gain…

    Second down and short with 2 yards to go for the first…

    THEN let fly with the DEEP pass the Lions will not expect…Even if it only over throws the coverage..

    But I believe the play would be WIDE OPEN…And COMPLETELY unexpected..

    That is the “unpredictable” play that would shake up the Lions early…

  16. By xvike on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Not too worried about this game. If the vikings can do what they did last week, the lions shouldn’t be too big of a problem. Their only win of the season came against the rams with stafford throwing 3 int’s. Their defense has been shaky so far this season and so has the vikings, but at least the vikings d showed up last week. Defense is whats going to make difference in this game. I don’t think the vikings offense will have trouble trying to score against the lions defense. The question is, can the vikings defense contain the lion’s offense?

  17. By vikingd12 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    The Purple Gang invites you to a feast at the Silverdome.On the menu Staffordshire Pudding in Lion’s Sauce bon apetit

  18. By H.M.G. on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    HMG– who anointed you Sheriff? Besides, I never commented on the validity of Fred’s posts AND Fred and I go way back. So back off– stop meddling.

    When this lawless land needs order I will be there.

  19. By vikefanforlife on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    vikingfanforlife your a f@##ot ive been on this website alot longer than u. change your name. Real creative with your name??!!!!!!

  20. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply


  21. By RichardA1 on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Doesn’t matter if his leg is hurt, he just has to be able stand back up after 10-15 Sacks, he should be fine! The Meanest, the Tuffest and there going to call it “The No Mercy” Defense!! my idea anyway!! and what are we going to do with 53 Lion pelts!

  22. By purple08 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Where have all the Sage Rosenfel lovers gone to?

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