DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws a fourth quarter pass while playing theAtlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 23-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Matthew Stafford Should Be Ready Sunday Despite Injury

Matthew Stafford suffered some sort of leg injury last Sunday but he's expected to be ready to face the Broncos this weekend.

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Matthew Stafford Injury: Lions QB On Track To Play

The way things sound now, the Detroit Lions can expect to have Matthew Stafford in the lineup this weekend against the Denver Broncos. The Lions quarterback practiced again on Friday taking first team snaps and reporters, like Dave Birkett of the Free Press, indicate there's not much doubt he'll playing on Sunday.

Stafford hurt his leg at the end of their loss to the Atlanta Falcons game last weekend. He had an MRI taken to show that there was no structural damage. Shaun Hill took the first team snaps on Wednesday but Stafford returned to action on Thursday and Friday taking first team snaps.

Stafford's presence is especially important because Detroit will already be missing one of their key offensive players in Jahvid Best, who's expected to miss Sunday's game.

The Lions travel to Denver this weekend to play the Broncos where they're favored to win.

Check out SB Nation's Pride of Detroit for more on the game. 

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Matthew Stafford Injury: Lions QB Practices, Looks Good For Sunday

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Matthew Stafford looked to be on the right track at Thursday's practice just one day after it was backup Shaun Hill taking the first team snaps. Stafford injured his leg last Sunday but his status for Week 8 is looking better.

Lions C Dominic Raiola told reporters that Stafford looked fine at Thursday's practice.

"He was sharp today, I thought he was really sharp, throwing the ball around, nice velocity on the ball. It didn't look like anything was bothering him. I'm pretty positive about that,'' Raiola said.

This is good news for the Lions. On Wednesday, reports were still unclear about Stafford's status but following Thursday's practice it sounds like he's on the right track.

The Lions play in Denver on Sunday where their odds of winning will increase once we know Stafford is playing.

Check out SB Nation's Pride of Detroit for more on the game. 

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Matthew Stafford Injury: Status Of Lions QB Still Unclear

The Detroit Lions said earlier this week that the injury to Matthew Stafford's leg was just a day-to-day situation. That may be the case come Sunday but at Wednesday's practice it was Shaun Hill taking first team snaps while Stafford threw to receivers in individual drills.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that while the Lions hope he'll be available on Sunday, there's a "big question" as to whether he will be.

So, basically, we're where we were when we started: we don't know either way whether Stafford will be playing on Sunday.

Stafford left last Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the final seconds of the game with a right leg injury and the Lions weren't sure what was wrong. Later, Stafford had an MRI and the team determined everything checked out and there was no damage done to his knee or ankle. 

The Lions travel to Denver this weekend and then hit their bye week before a difficult four-game stretch that includes the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.

Check out SB Nation's Pride of Detroit for updates later in the day about Stafford's injury.

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Matthew Stafford Injury: Lions QB Expected To Be Fine

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a tough day on Sunday as his Lions lost to the Atlanta Falcons 23-16. Although Stafford finished with 183 yards and a touchdown, he ended the game on a down note as he suffered an injury to his right leg on the Lions final offensive series of the game.

Stafford underwent an MRI on his right leg. While those results are still TBD, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz says that his quarterback is "day to day" and doesn't seem too worried.

Schwartz on Stafford: "Went home yesterday in a boot for his ankle. He’s no more than day to day"

Although the Lions are in the midst of a two-game slide, Stafford remains a solid fantasy option (assuming he plays) thanks to Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew. Losing Jahvid Best hurts that offense, but Stafford still has some great receiving weapons.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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NFL Week 7 Injury Report: Matt Ryan Surprisingly OK, Matt Stafford Awaits MRI

In this week's injury report, our medical expert takes a look at injuries suffered Sunday by Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Darren McFadden, and other NFL notables.

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Matthew Stafford Injury Update: Lions QB Injures Right Leg At End Of Loss

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a tough day on Sunday as his Lions lost to the Atlanta Falcons 23-16. Although Stafford finished with 183 yards and a touchdown, he ended the game on a down note as he suffered an injury to his right leg on the Lions final offensive series of the game.

Stafford will undergo an MRI on his right leg to determine if he suffered any knee or ankle damage on the hit. Stafford limped off the field after the play. While he might be fairly limited in practice this week, barring something unexpected, Stafford will likely be back on the field for the Lions matchup at the Denver Broncos next week. They follow that up with their bye week, which will give him some time to rest up the injuries.

Although the Lions are in the midst of a two-game slide, Stafford remains a solid fantasy option thanks to Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew. Losing Jahvid Best hurts that offense, but Stafford still has some great receiving weapons.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Matthew Stafford Injury: MRI Scheduled For Lions QB

Matthew Stafford tweaked his right leg on the Detroit Lions' final possession of Sunday's loss to the Falcons, limping off the field after failing to convert on fourth-and-10. It was a bitter end to a dismal day in which Stafford posted season lows in completion percentage (46.9), passing yards (183) and passing touchdowns (one). 

Neither the extent or exact nature of the injury was immediately known. He appeared to injure either his right knee, right ankle or both joints, but he refused to share with the media after the game exactly what area of his leg was hurting, according to Justin Rogers of MLive.com.

In any case, Stafford did reveal that he plans to undergo a precautionary X-ray, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that he'll undergo an MRI. Stay tuned this week for more information as it becomes available. 

For what it's worth, Stafford didn't seem overly concerned -- he insisted he would have tried to finish the game had Detroit regained possession before the clock ran out. "I was going to give it a try, give it a go," he said, according to MLive.com. "Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to, but yeah, I was going to give it a try."

Stafford has missed 19 games over the two and a half years he's been in the NFL, mostly due to injuries to his shoulders. His ability to stay healthy this season is one of the biggest reasons why the Lions opened with five straight wins, and the primary reason why Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 10 touchdowns. Needless to say, Detroit's newfound status as one of the league's better teams hinges on his continued presence in the lineup.

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Matthew Stafford Injury: Detroit Lions QB Leaves Game With Undisclosed Leg Injury

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford left Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the waning seconds of the contest. He threw to Brandon Pettigrew on fourth down and was hit by Curtis Lofton on the play, limping toward the sideline shortly thereafter.

After the game, neither Stafford nor coach Jim Schwartz commented on the particular nature of the leg injury (via mlive.com):

"We're going to check him out," Schwartz said. "(We'll) look at his knee and his ankle. We'll see where he is this week."

Stafford, however, planned to attempt a return to the field had the Lions controlled the ball one more time. That might have sent deep chills down Lions fans' backs given the quarterback's long history of injuries. Stafford played just three games last year and 10 as a rookie in 2009.

The Lions visit the Denver Broncos on Oct. 29 and Stafford surely wants to play in that game.

For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit, and get all your Falcons news and talk at The Falcoholic. For more NFL news and notes, visit SB Nation NFL.

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