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Source says Stafford injured hamstring, ankle in loss to Panthers
Tuesday Oct 10, 2017 12:00am

(ALLEN PARK) – Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a hamstring injury and a sprained ankle in Detroit's 27-24 loss to Carolina, according to sources. They says Stafford's week of practice will determine whether he plays Sunday against New Orleans. During an appearance on the Mitch Albom Show on WJR Radio in Detroit earlier Monday, Stafford was cagey about his status for Sunday. He declined to provide an update on the status of his ankle and leg, deferring questions to Lions coach Jim Caldwell. When asked directly if he was going to be playing Sunday, Stafford said, "I don't know yet. We'll see." Caldwell told reporters to "check the report" when asked about Stafford's injuries. The first injury report of the week comes out Wednesday. Caldwell said Stafford was "sore," but that a lot of players were sore after Sunday's game. Stafford said he and the Lions are protecting the information because they believe it offers a "competitive advantage or disadvantage," as well as being for the safety of players. Asked when a decision will be made about whether he'll play against the Saints, Stafford said, "I'm not sure, honestly." If Stafford is unable to play, Jake Rudock, who has never taken a snap in the NFL, would be the starter, unless the team makes a move for another backup. Detroit has only two quarterbacks on the roster. After the game Sunday, Stafford wouldn't say much about the injuries, but he gingerly walked out of the locker room. Trainers examined his right leg and right ankle during the game, and he was clearly hobbling while leading the Lions on two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Stafford has been sacked 12 times in the past two weeks, including six times on Sunday. He has completed 64.2 percent of his passes this season for 1,116 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Stafford has started as Detroit's quarterback in every game since the start of the 2011 season. He missed six games his rookie year and 13 games his second year due to injury.

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