Two of the Detroit Lions’ young stars appear to not be in line to play Thursday against the Green Bay Packers, according to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News. To recap a bit, let’s rewind to last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Stafford was flattened by a Cleveland defensive lineman but would then return to throw the winning touchdown to TE Brandon Pettigrew. As a result, Stafford sprained his AC joint in his left (non-throwing) shoulder while WR Calvin Johnson sustained a knee injury. Basically, two players injured on consecutive plays.
According to Schwartz, Johnson’s injury was unrelated to the hand injury he suffered last week and the knee problems he incurred during games against St. Louis and Green Bay last month. Meanwhile, Stafford reports that his AC joint is still hurting but is feeling much better than it did on either Sunday or Monday. Schwartz says that Stafford and Johnson’s status will be finalized just before gametime on Thursday and added that both could possibly still play, despite not practicing all week.