Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been one of the most durable quarterbacks in the NFL since entering the league. When he missed the Nov. 10 game against the Chicago Bears with fractured bones in his back, it came as a pretty big shock.
The injury snapped a Stafford streak of 136 straight starts. He still hasn’t returned, with Jeff Driskel and, most recently, David Blough filling in.
Now, the NFL has come down on the Lions for their handling of the Stafford injury. The team initially listed Stafford as questionable before deactivating him ahead of that Bears game.
Per Tom Pelissero, the franchise, head coach Matt Patricia, and general manager Bob Quinn have been fined for a total of over $100,000 for “failing to properly update” Matt Stafford’s game status.
The NFL has fined the #Lions organization $75,000, head coach Matt Patricia $25,000 and GM Bob Quinn fined $10,000 for violating the NFL Injury Report Policy by failing to properly update the game status of QB Matthew Stafford prior to the Nov. 10 game against the Chicago Bears.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 7, 2019
At 3-8-1, the Lions are the only NFC North team truly out of the Playoff race, with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings both in very good position to make the field.
The team is 0-4 in Stafford’s absence, starting with that first game against the Bears. The team has games against the Vikings and Packers left, as well as more manageable contests against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.
A number of teams have worse records, as the race for the No. 1 draft pick is very hot at the moment, but the Lions have really underachieved. It is unclear how much rope Patricia will get after this season. He’s currently 9-18-1 as head coach of the Lions.