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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