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Matthew Stafford appeared set to return to practice but remained out

Lions, Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford appeared to be set to return to practice with the team on Wednesday after not being listed on the injury report, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive. However, Stafford ended up not having a helmet at practice and appeared to remain sidelined.

The Lions haven’t given many hints if Stafford will play in Week 11 when they face the Dallas Cowboys. It was noted by head coach Matt Patricia on Tuesday that the team will ‘go through the week’ and after Wednesday’s practice they will ‘go from there.’

“We’ll see as we go through the week,” Patricia said, via Pro Football Talk. “We’ll get to that here tomorrow and talk about all of that and we’ll go from there.”

The situation was tough to read leading into their Week 10 loss to the Chicago Bears. To put it into perspective, Jeff Driskel took the backup reps all week leading into the matchup but made the surprise start while Stafford was sidelined.

“We’re always trying to do everything possible to make sure that all of our players are in safe positions, and certainly in practice we obviously can control a lot more,” Patricia said. “Certainly, we do that all the time with the guys that are in concussion protocol that can go out and practice. Guys that are injured, whether it is lower body, upper body, whatever it may be. We try to control all of those scenarios when we know if there’s something wrong.”

It’s going to be a tough matchup for the Lions even if Stafford is able to play. If he can’t give it a go, it’s going to be a real uphill battle with Driskel under center.