It appears the Lions will have their starting quarterback against Carolina but the Panthers’ QB situation is still up in the air.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) is listed as questionable, but he got through the week with no issues and should start, a source tells NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Stafford has since been declared active vs. the Panthers.
Despite a minor ligament tear in his throwing thumb, Stafford has no limitations.
In nine games this season, the Georgia product is averaging 267 passing yards with 17 total touchdowns.
Elsewhere in the Lions offense, with D’Andre Swift out with a concussion, veteran running back Adrian Peterson is slated to return to the starting role. However, A.D. is also expected to split carries with Kerryon Johnson, Rapoport added.
Linebacker Jarrad Davis (knee) and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot) — both listed as questionable — are officially active while Da’Shawn Hand (groin) is inactive.
The Lions (4-5) travel to Charlotte to take on the Panthers (3-7) at 1 p.m. ET.
Other injury news we are keeping an eye on ahead of Sunday’s Week 11 games:
Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (MCL sprain, questionable) has steadily improved throughout the week, but has been declared inactive vs. the Lions. A source tells Rapoport Bridgewater was pushing to play. P.J. Walker will get the start at QB. Cornerback Donte Jackson (toe), tackle Russell Okung (calf), and guard John Miller (knee, ankle) are also inactive after being listed as doubtful. Rookie defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and DE Marquis Haynes — both listed as questionable with shoulder injuries — are officially active along with CB Rasul Douglas.
New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) has been declared inactive vs. the Falcons after being listed as questionable.
Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, dealing with a painful muscle strain by his ribs, is expected to play against the Miami Dolphins. He steadily improved throughout the week. As for tight end Noah Fant (ribs), he’s also expected to play, according to Rapoport.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard, activated this week following surgery for a core muscle injury, is expected to play against the Indianapolis Colts. Lazard will be on a pitch count, as Green Bay eases him in. But he should play, Rapoport reports.
Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills (back) is expected to play against the New England Patriots. Stills has been declared active, however, left tackle Laremy Tunsil is officially inactive after being listed as questionable with an illness.
Patriots running back Damien Harris (ankle/chest) is expected to play, per Rapoport, while NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reports that cornerback Stephon Gilmore (knee) is expected to go. Both Harris and Gilmore are officially active while Sony Michel, who was just activated from injured reserve, is officially inactive.
Dallas Cowboys defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory — both listed as questionable (illness) — have passed all their COVID tests. Barring any issue this morning, they’re good to go against the Minnesota Vikings, sources tell NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith (groin) is expected to play against the Cowboys, per Pelissero.
Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines is expected to receive most of the carries against the Packers, Rapoport reported.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (right thumb) has been officially ruled out vs. the Steelers, leaving the backup QB duty to Mike Glennon. Cornerback Sidney Jones (Achilles) has also been ruled out. The Jags will be without defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich on Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols. Defensive assistant Dwayne Stukes will handle his gameday responsibilities.
Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins, who was listed as questionable with a right groin injury, is officially active vs. the Bengals.
Cleveland Browns guard Wyatt Teller (calf) and linebacker Mack Wilson (hip) are officially active vs. the Eagles after being listed as questionable.
Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones (knee) is officially active vs. the Ravens after being listed as questionable.