QB status uncertain
ALLEN PARK Quarterback Matthew Stafford, punter Nick Harris and cornerback Will James were injured in the loss to Cincinnati. Only Harris was able to finish the game.
On Monday, coach Jim Schwartz said Stafford is sore and is undergoing more tests, but he wont make a prediction on whether the rookie quarterback will play on Sunday at Baltimore. Hes had tests. Were still waiting on the final (results). We dont think its added to what hes had. He has a separated shoulder and its been painful, Schwartz said.
Stafford was injured two weeks ago on the second-to-last play of the game when his left shoulder was driven into the turf. He made it to the sidelines, but was clearly in pain. However, he wasnt done. He forced his way back into the game after a timeout and threw a touchdown pass that tied the game. Jason Hansons extra point saved the day and gave the Lions their second win of the season.
Stafford didnt talk to the media on Monday. After Sundays game he spoke and it was clear he was in pain. Daunte Culpepper finished the game for him and will get the call if Stafford cant go this week.
Obviously the Lions cant go without a punter. Harris tests indicate his knee injury is not long-term. His progress will be monitored this week. The Lions could bring in a punter to look at just in case they need to sign someone later in the week.
James came up with a neck/shoulder stinger in the game and was forced to the sidelines. He got back in the game, but then the same thing occurred again. He underwent tests too and it doesnt appear to be a serious injury. Thats good news for the secondary which showed improvement on Sunday.