Lions face Panthers with both clubs struggling to deal with injuries
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Meanwhile, quarterback Matthew Stafford has been limited all week in practice with a right thumb injury suffered against Washington. Reports called the injury a partially torn ligament, but Stafford refused to go into detail.
“I’m not going to confirm anything,” said Stafford, who is listed as questionable. “Everybody out there is playing with something, so there’s no excuse for playing poorly. Just go out and play the best to your ability and try and help us win. That’s what I’ll try to do if I can get out there.”
Carolina is also struggling with running back Christian McCaffery (shoulder) set to miss his eighth game this season while quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is listed as questionable after being limited in practice all week.
“I love Teddy,” said Lions’ defensive end Everson Griffen, who had Bridgewater as a teammate when he played in Minnesota. “I can’t wait to see him. I hope I get to hit him a few times. He’s playing great ball, too.”
Mike Davis will again start in place of McCaffrey while Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia said his club is preparing for Bridgewater and reacting to any change to backup P.J. Walker or Will Grier.
“We have a phenomenal scouting department,” Patricia said. “We have a lot of information on these guys through the course of the year of what they’ve been and the evaluation of who they are as players, then we’ll certainly go through whatever tape you can find available, and kind of get that assessment and see if that still stacks up and is accurate to where they are now. From there, you try to project, ‘How does it fit in to the schematics of what they’re doing offensively,’ and try to do your best to prepare for that.”