Stafford listed as probable for Sunday; Leshoure is questionable

Posted by ttwentyman on September 28, 2012 – 4:00 pm

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was a full participant in the Lions’ final practice of the week Friday leading up to Sunday’s game vs. the Vikings, and is officially listed as probable for Sunday’s game on the final injury report of the week.

Stafford missed the final minutes of the fourth quarter and the overtime period in last Sunday’s loss to the Titans after aggravating a hip injury. He did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, before returning to practice in full capacity Friday.

Also listed as probable for the Lions are: receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), receiver Titus Young (knee) defensive end Lawrence Jackson (calf) and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard (elbow).

Running back Mikel Leshoure is listed as questionable after being limited all week in practice with a groin injury. Leshoure made his NFL debut last week in Tennessee, where he rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown.

If Leshoure doesn’t play, Joique Bell and Kevin Smith will likely be asked to pick up the slack.

Tight end Tony Scheffler, who was limited again in practice Friday with a calf injury, is also listed as questionable. He missed last week’s game in Tennessee after suffering the injury against the 49ers in Week 2.

His absence last week was a significant loss because he’s such a tough matchup for opposing defenses down the middle of the field. It’s the middle of the defense that’s been the open spot the last couple weeks against the two-high safety shells that opponents have been using against the Lions.

Linebacker Justin Durant (back) and safety Amari Spievey (groin) are also questionable. Spievey did not participate in practice on Friday, while Durant was limited.

Safety Louis Delmas and linebacker Travis Lewis are doubtful for Sunday. Delmas hasn’t practiced since undergoing knee surgery Aug. 7 and Lewis hasn’t played since Week 1 with a quad injury.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has already ruled out defensive tackle Corey Williams after Williams underwent knee surgery on Tuesday.

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31 Responses to “Stafford listed as probable for Sunday; Leshoure is questionable”

  1. By Vikings are Better on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    You guys are going to get embarrassed on Sunday

  2. By ShyDog on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    this injury report spells disaster for The Lions!!! if we lose Durant, Spievey(who I cant really stand as a player, but is the best we have back there), & Delmas misses again, we are in BIG trouble. plus, we really need Scheffler & Leshoure. ugghh, this report really put a damper on my mood.

  3. By JP O'Flaherty on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Man we got to start drafting men to play for the Lions, instead of these boys who keep getting hurt every other game such as IN and OUT again LeShoure, Delmas, and the others who make a living getting drafted and then missing HALF the games they are being paid to play in. I personally think Delmas out and Wendling in is for the BETTER. LeShoure looked good but one game back and he’s hurt already AGAIN!???? Doesn’t the LIons have a strength and CONDITIONING coach who is paid to keep those guys STRETCHED OUT??? I used to go to the Lions practices when Barry played, and he was ALWAYS STRETCHING AND RUNNING SPRINTS, but then he was a real player who had pride, and truly wanted to be the best. There aren’t many like him anymore!

  4. By steve caldwell on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds and appears to be a conditioning problem if u ask me ……all the “palled groins”..leads me to believe that they ARE NOT conditioned .These early injuries are not a good thing …groins last “months”…….and additionally we do not have the talent at the second level to sustain ….we just dont …..another year of high expectations being just “hopefull”…….

  5. By tommy on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    I like ,so many other Detroit Lions fans ,were really looking for a great season of excitement,and surprises and I realize that we have a lot of football to be played, but some of the excitement is gone..I know that players get hurt,and that things happen, but after the year we had last year,I was sure expecting more than what I have seen.I have been a Lions fan since the days we played in Briggs stadium and even tho I no longer live in Detroit,I will always be their No.1 fan…….Come-on guys,and get it together.

  6. By simms on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    This is crazy, first I heard of this injury to Les,, really? “again” I hope he is reading this, if you are, you and Delmas are “P” u>>y’s! You need to go to the Canandian league and pull your crap, Barry Sanders played all those games and never was hurt, and our Defensive line is overrated and they need to “F” wake and play! they suck! I am sick of them being referred to as our strenghth, they our are weakness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. By simms on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    I am a lions fan, but I am gunning for minnosota to kik thier azz, no sense of me gettting all worked up to only have them lose over mistakes and penalty’s. I am sure Titus will get into a fight and the “D” will won’t be thier like typical, oh and San Fran is not that good as every thinks, over rated like our D line and Suh. We will more than likely have four to five more player go down to injuries, bunch of women…

  8. By simms on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply


  9. By Jelsh on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Doesn’t matter Linnehan garbage playcalling and our horrid secondary will get us into a 21 point deficit by halftime like usual.

  10. By Dave "Waz" on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Already looking forward to the spring draft, I hope we scrub this “draft the best athlete available” scenario and fill our needs. Our failure to this has already put a focus on our lack of depth in the secondary. We’re actually signing guys that have been cut from other teams. What kind of performance could you possibly expect from this group short of a miracle? It’s hard to criticize a management team that has turned this franchise around on a dime, but either start filling our needs with these picks or trade those players for the guys who will. By the way, where has our $10,000,000 dollar man been hiding for 3 weeks. For a guy who wants all that money your name should be heard more than 4 times over a 3 week period. Ya think?!!!! For you who may have slept through the games, I’m talking about Mr. Avril.

  11. By ShyDog on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    It’s amazing how some people jump the gun. Leshoure may have just been unlucky so far. he tore his achilles last year & it’s a violent game so people get hurt. give the guy a break. stafford was hurt a ton & now you wouldn’t trade him for just about anyone. Wendling is NOWHERE near the player that Delmas is. Trade Suh? seriously? the guys young with a crappy def. coordinator. if cunningham would blitz a little then maybe suh wouldnt get triple teamed every play.But u are right about not being able to compare players to Barry. the guy was one of the greatest players EVER. those don’t come along eveyday.

  12. By Michael on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t for the life of me understand why our strength and conditioning coaches can’t keep players healthy enough to play. Leshoure is out again he plays one game and is out again. It is begining to look like Delmas won’t even play in the first half of the season with 25% of the season gone after Sunday’s soon to be fiasco. Detroit is so highly overated and will be lucky to win 5 games this year. Last year was the year of plain old dumb luck for the Lions 4 of their wins came with miraculous come from behind wins and the win over Minnesota Detroit was lucky to squeaked out a win when they were about to go in for the winning touchdown and fumbled the ball..In realistic terms Detroit should of been at best 6-10 last year. They had a horrible defense giving up over 1000 yards in pass yardage in the last two games alone. Their coaching staff can’t adjust to anything the other team is throwing at them or are simply unable to adjust or don’t have the intelligence to do so. It is time for Detroit to at least make a change in their defensive coaches and have a game plan that will utilize what players we seem to have healthy at any given moment and be a tougher defense. Other teams eyes light up when they know they will be playing Detroit porus defense. Detroit will do no better than 5-11 this year as the games are even more tougher as they year goes on no easy wins this year for Detroit and they again will show who they really are.

  13. By Dave on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think it is kinda humorous. The two teams that I like are looking to replace players that were the BEST at that position and there will never be another. We as FANS have to realize this .There will never be another Barry Sanders or another Dan Marino these were players with heart and integrity. These two players would give their all just to get the win. The players now are just there for the money and if they get the win they do if not then they don’t. IMO. There are only a few today that have the integrity and are willing to go 110% for the team. I will always represent the Lions but we have to go forward. I’m positive that LeShoure will play this weekend as for our Defense maybe its not the players maybe its the defensive coordinator. I’m just saying we might being seeing things as this player can’t do this or can’t do that. Maybe the players would work better in a different formation. IMO. It’s hard for me to believe that Suh was dominate for one season and now he can’t do crap. Schwartz has to shake this team up and get them to play the FULL four quarters. I’m tired of being that team that hangs in there until the fourth quarter and then thinks alright well now we can come back and win this thing. Stafford we know what you are capable of throw it to Johnson, Burleson, Pettigrew, and Tony (When he gets back from injury). Stop Running the ball constantly I know you want to get the running game working but you can’t expect to run it constantly. Spread the ball and I guarantee a win. I know this will not go read but this is what needs to be done to get the win.

  14. By Adam on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Believe have trust and faith

  15. By John on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    If you think Wendling is better than Delmas than you have not watched a single down of Lions football. Wendling is awful he can’t cover TE, or WR, the fact that he is starting horrifies me.

  16. By Adam on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    if Eli can have no name players dominate theres no reason why we should either.

  17. By boober on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Injuries in football are inevitable and random occurrences… like car accidents or lightening strikes. Players do not have an “ability” to avoid these things nor do they control whether they are active or not. No autographs.

  18. By our hero on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Ok everyone, calm down. Delmas is one of the best safeties in the league and the reason he gets hurt is because he gives his all when he plays. Look at him, he’s undersized for a safety anyway, if anything he should consider gaining 10 pounds, he’s so fast he can afford to lose a step if it pads more meat on him to stay healthy. Suh is a beast as well and no we don’t want to trade him because he is the reason our Defensive line is so crazy. Well, that and the fact we rotate 9 people at least within those four spots.Depth has been our biggest weakness for years now and we actually didn’t draft anybody to play in the secondary really until last draft remember? Except Spivey who was drafted as a CB but plays SS.

  19. By our hero on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    If you think about it. When Jim and Mayhew took over our Defensive Line couldn’t stand up to anybody. We were getting pushed around remember? What they’ve done was draft the best players available which meant they STAYED on ROSTER for more than 2 years and helped get us to the playoffs. WE NEED NO MORE HELP ON THE D-LINE! Willie Young can take the load of Avril at a fraction of the cost because our other guys are so good. We may need to sign another guy when KVB retires. Focus defensively on grabbing a superior Strong Safety in the second/third round and a Bonafide corner in the First round. Keep Spivey as he has experience playing both positions and should be a solid option at nickel/dime. Our secondary will have depth, and be fixed. Our linebackers are much improved and our defense is done at that point. For goodness sake draft a 2nd/3rd round Guard or Center though and let him play whichever spot he earns until Raiola leaves. Have faith Lions fans. This is not the same team we’ve been suffering through for over a decade. I’m not saying we started well (a lot of this bad start has been on Stafford’s inaccuracies. we almost lost against St. Louis remember?) They will fix this bad start, you just hope they get it together before it’s too late in the season to make a run for the playoffs.

  20. By Aron on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Give Leshoure a break. He hasn’t played in a game for over a year and a half. Its natural that muscles that haven’t been used in a while will get a little sore and stressed. There’s no sense pushing him and causing it to get worse – let his body adjust to playing in the NFL. He’ll be fine.

    To those who say he’s been practicing… yes, but practice is nothing like games. Anyone who has ever played football knows this.

  21. By JudKast on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Too many injuries. I have always said – Detroit has a poor training staff and medical personnel to keep these guys from getting hurt all the time. There needs to be a SINCERE ADDRESSMENT TO THE STAFF THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEDICAL TRAINING AND PREPARATION. The lions have had too many issues with injuries for years. Hire good personnel that know how to educate these guys in staying out of the “injury column” all the time.

  22. By Robert Ballard on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t worry! Minnesota game will be their chance to bounce back. Defense has to step up and turn Stafford loose to throw the ball. Three words for offense and defense, for 60 minutes, ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK!

  23. By frank on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply


  24. By jeff on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Compairing anyone to Barry is stupid. Thats like saying “why cant B. Knight be like Jordan?” Do you understand what sport you are talking about? The most violent game on Earth. People get hurt. If you think conditioning is lacking, you dont know football or the NFL. Teams watch film then learn how to shut down offenses and cut up defenses. Thats what happened last week. Two step drops and 1.7 seconds in the pocket is how you cut up a dominat defense and a blitzing line. Lets all hope other teams dont do it OR Gunther fixes this or we will be shreaded this whole season. To get on someone and call them a boy because they get hurt?…pathetic…Say it to his face …so called ‘fan’.

  25. By jeff on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Shu cant do crap??? 3 sacs in 3 games? Double teamed 90% of the game…..we could trade him for anyone. Other teams arnt ignorant of his abilities.

  26. By Mike on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply about some fair weather fans. It’s irritating that the Lions are plagued with injury but that’s what happens in football. Why should these men put their career on the line and play when injured for your amusement? It just doesn’t make any sense. Barry Sanders was one of a kind but get over it HE’S GONE!!!!! time to move on and think about the future. I’m behind the Lions, I’ve been behind them during every one of their wins and every one of their losses for the past 20 years and I will continue to be. It’s not just about rooting for a team, when I root for the Lions I”m not only rooting for the players and coaches, I’m also rooting for the city of Detroit and the great state of Michigan. If you don’t like it then stop watching which should speak volumes for your personal character. GO LIONS!!!!!

  27. By swabby on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Bunch of ignorant fans here. Get a clue guys. Injuries happen to all teams. Delmas, sure he’s injured all the time. Leshoure tore his freakin achilles last year, no training can prevent that. He’s lucky to have played already. Suh is a beast but teams double him constantly and he’s still producing. Wendling is getting beat consistently in the passing game. The 49ers were abusing him and the secondary is not very good.

  28. By 1GTSTEVE on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Hate to say it but I already see it. 7W & 9L. It is sad that the last 2 drafts we spend number 1’s on postions we were already stong at. As far at I am conserned both picks in 2011 are a bust. it is bad enough they don’t have any common sence but I see no heart in either one. We needed a d-back, we got problem children. This year we drated a reciever we didin’t need. We needed a d-back. My 8 year old grandson new that. Hay maybe this next year with this mid round 1st pick we can find another d- lineman or wide reciever if they are the best available! Wake up Lions or you’ll find yourselfs in the North Basement.

  29. By Sagmich on Sep 30, 2012 | Reply

    Swabby, I totally agree with you that all NFL teams have their injuries some out for the season. BUT! What I have noticed about the Lions is they have way more injuries and do not come back as fast as some of the other players do on other teams. There always seems to be more complications one right after the other. Yes you cannot prevent an achilles or even knee injuries, but pulls, tears or strains of the muscles can be prevented. I have been saying the Lions need better strength and conditioning coaches yet it could be our players do not put the time in to be in football ready shape. Come on man half our starting lineup has some sort of injury. I have never seen that with other teams and especially only into the fourth game of the season. Delmas I doubt will ever get on the field this season. The Lions should have gone crazy mad getting DB’s in the draft and went for more potent free agents instead of taking everyone elses injury proned players. That is just how I see it and I am not an ignorant fan.

  30. By Barry Phillips on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Another OUTSTANDING performance by a useless QB!!

  31. By wade on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    matt is throwing off his back foot more this year thats why he,s not as accurate as he was last year you can see it ..the defense is getting better you see it .we need suh he good player so get off his back . the def has not given up that many points .in one game thay did . this team is going to get better it,s how you finish the the season not start .

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