Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford questionable, C Frank Ragnow out vs. Tennessee Titans

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is questionable for Sunday’s sport towards the Tennessee Titans, and middle Frank Ragnow has been downgraded to out.

Each gamers have been injured throughout final weekend’s loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers.

Stafford suffered a rib cartilage harm within the fourth quarter when he was hit Kenny Clark and needed to depart the sport. He didn’t observe Wednesday or Thursday and was not noticed figuring out through the portion of observe Friday that was open to the media. He was listed as doing restricted work.

Interim coach Darrell Bevell stated the Lions could be taking Stafford’s harm right down to the top of the week and that he’ll journey to Tennessee.

“This will likely or is probably not a exercise scenario,” Bevell stated. “Clearly, the dialog of what he is doing form of on the facet earlier than we even get that far. But when we have to have a exercise Sunday morning, then we’ll find yourself doing that as nicely.”

Bevell stated Stafford is feeling and transferring higher and that it is powerful to guage what which means due to his toughness. Stafford stated Wednesday that for him, the largest a part of whether or not he’ll play is whether or not he can throw and whether or not he thinks his physique will be capable to deal with a complete sport.

“Don’t desire it to be a type of issues the place you go on the market and do one thing bizarre early and also you’re out after the primary sequence of the sport or one thing,” Stafford stated. “To not say, take a giant hit and who is aware of what might occur. However [I] need to really feel adequate to have the ability to begin the sport and hopefully be capable to end it as nicely. Play at a excessive stage.

“All these issues are issues which are form of a should, and we’ll see if we are able to get there the top of the week.”

Stafford stated his routine of making an attempt to get higher consisted of warmth, ice, relaxation and motion. He didn’t know, as of Wednesday, if he would wish additional padding or an additional wrap on his ribs if he have been to play — though he joked he would “tape a pillow to my ribs or one thing.”

If Stafford is unable to play, Chase Daniel could be anticipated to begin.

Ragnow was advised to not communicate Wednesday or Thursday to relaxation his vocal cords after struggling a vocal twine contusion as a part of his fractured throat harm. He visited a specialist Friday to get an replace.

He didn’t observe Friday, and whereas he initially was listed as questionable for the sport, the Lions later downgraded him to out.

Ragnow has been across the facility all week, both writing solutions down or having teammates and coaches asking him questions he might reply with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down or a nod or shake of the pinnacle. Ragnow’s skill to breathe or eat was not compromised the harm.

“I do know that we went from our individuals to the specialist, and the specialist will actually information us on that info and whether or not it is protected for him to return out within the sport,” Bevell stated earlier than Ragnow was dominated out. “I can inform you we’re not going to place him on the market if it is not protected.

“We do not need lengthy repercussions of this for him down the highway, and I do not suppose he would need that both. So we’ll take the knowledge that we get from the specialist and go together with that.”

With Ragnow out, it is potential rookie guard Jonah Jackson will slide over to middle and Joe Dahl will enter the lineup at guard — the place he performed earlier than he misplaced his job midseason. Detroit might additionally play Dahl at middle if want be.

Rookie defensive sort out John Penisini (shoulder) is questionable, and 4 Lions gamers are out: proper sort out Tyrell Cros (ankle), defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (ankle), cornerback Darryl Roberts (hip) and broad receiver Kenny Golladay (hip).

Roberts’ harm continues Detroit’s points at cornerback, the place solely Amani Oruwariye and Justin Coleman stay wholesome among the many staff’s prime 5 corners.

Golladay is lacking his seventh straight sport with a hip flexor that hasn’t healed as quick as he would have hoped. Chatting with reporters for the primary time since being injured, Golladay shot down the concept his absence has something to do together with his contract as he heads towards free company. He stated the harm, which he described as a “muscle pressure,” obtained tweaked, conserving him out longer.

“For positive, need to be on the market on the sphere. Even once I was going on the market [for practice], I for positive thought that I used to be prepared or I would not have went on the market,” Golladay stated. “And yeah, it clearly simply wasn’t prepared but, to be trustworthy.

“It sucks, actually. However I imply, I obtained to be sensible with my physique.”

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