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Matthew Stafford officially questionable for Week 17

QB Matthew Stafford still has a chance to play the Lions season finale following a Week 16 ankle injury.

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions holds his ankle during the first quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on December 26, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Friday update: Stafford is questionable to play against the Vikings on Sunday.

Thursday pm update: Stafford did end up getting a limited practice in and his coach said, “You’re gonna have to convince me a lot that this guy’s not gonna go… He’s as tough as nails, wants to be out there,” per Tori Petry.

Thursday update: Stafford won’t practice Thursday, per Tim Twentyman. Despite Stafford wanting to play, it would appear he is very much a long shot to suit up.

Wednesday update: Stafford won’t practice on Wednesday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport goes on to say that Stafford is 50/50 to play this week.

The Detroit Lions close out their 2020 season on Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions are playing for nothing but pride and they might be shorthanded in that effort. Quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered an ankle sprain in Week 16, and while he wants to play in the season finale, his status is uncertain.

The Lions are going to wait until Wednesday to see how he looks when they return to practice, per Kyle Meinke. They’ll release their first injury report of the week that day, and it’s a good bet he will be listed as a DNP. He was limited all last week with thumb and hip issues, and now adds the ankle injury on top of it.

Stafford played on Sunday in spite of the thumb and hip injuries before leaving with the ankle sprain. Stafford told Lions media he does not expect to need surgery on the thumb. If he’s unable to go on Sunday, Chase Daniel would get the start.