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Jared Goff Addresses His Week 18 Playing Status

Jared Goff on the field for the Lions.

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 14: Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions looks on during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 14, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Starting quarterback Jared Goff has missed the last two games for the Detroit Lions, but is holding out hope he can play in the season finale.

Goff missed Week 16 after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and then sat out Sunday's game with a knee injury. Backup Tim Boyle started both games--losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks--in his place.

Goff reportedly had a "good workout" today testing his balky left knee, saying in his usual Tuesday interview on WXYT-FM (97.1) that he is aiming to play against the Green Bay Packers in Week 18.

"Last week was leaning a little bit the other way from 50-50, and as the week went on just didn’t really progress fast enough," Goff said, via the Detroit Free Press. "Was hopeful, but this week is a little bit more hopeful but we’ll see."

If Goff can't go, it will be Boyle facing the NFC North champions.

In his first season with the Lions after coming over in the Matthew Stafford trade, Goff has thrown for 3,007 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 13 starts.

His record as a starter with Detroit is only 2-10-1, but he did throw three touchdowns in each of those wins, including the game-winner with no time remaining against the Minnesota Vikings on December 5.