Injured quarterback Matthew Stafford may miss another start for the Detroit Lions
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be a step closer to missing another start.
Stafford did not practice with teammates Wednesday, a few days after hip and back injuries stopped his streak of 139 consecutive starts counting the playoffs.
Stafford watched as quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and David Blough took snaps. Later in the day, Driskel said he was simply preparing to play as he does each week.
“I’d say the biggest difference for me is all you guys standing around my locker,î” he said while surrounded by reporters.
Driskel played for Stafford in a 20-13 loss to Chicago, giving Detroit its fifth loss in six games. He was 27 for 46 for 269 yards — all career highs — with a touchdown and an interception in his sixth career start.
The Lions (3-5-1) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-4) on Sunday, when Driskel is expected to get another chance to start.
“Driskel has not played as much, but he’s a really talented guy,î” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “We had him at the Senior Bowl when he was coming out and was just really impressed with him as a guy, impressed with him as a quarterback and as an athlete.î”
Stafford has not been ruled out against Dallas, his hometown team. Stafford insisted earlier in the week he’s going to do everything he can to play.
Potentially looking to add depth at the position, the Lions will be among teams planning to attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday.