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Lions Playoff hopes to be dead after losing to Bears. What is the future? Filmed on November 10, 2019.
Dave Birkett and Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press

The NFL is investigating whether the Detroit Lions have violated the League's record by listing quarterback Matthew Stafford in last week's Injury Report as questionable a league source shared with The Free Press.

Stafford had a limited amount of activity throughout the past week, but Lions coach Matt Patricia, general manager Bob Quinn, and several players offered different schedules when they were told that Stafford would not play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. 19659005] Patricia and Quinn said the decision to visit Stafford was taken on Sunday morning, with Quinn stating that it arrived at the stadium upon arrival. However, some players said Patricia had informed them of the "earlier in the day" decision on Saturday.

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A validation is "standard" in such situations, according to the source.

"We just figured out yesterday what the problem is," said Logan Thomas after the game. "He's a competitor, he's a warrior, he wanted to be out there, I just pray that he gets well first."

Lions quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and Matthew Stafford warming up at the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Sunday, November 10, 2019. (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

Asked if Stafford told the team about his situation, Thomas said, "No, Patricia did it all." Thomas said, "But I mean, it did not change who we are or what we had to do."

Stafford reportedly suffered broken bones in his back when he was hit when he was late in the 9th week against The Oakland Raiders lost.

Stafford downplayed the injury last week when he said he was likely to play against the bears, and he periodically picked up a group of first-team officials during training.

ESPN reported that Lions had sent Stafford after further testing after Friday's practice, but Patricia said these tests were scheduled on Sunday "during the week to ensure that we do everything from a protocol perspective that we thought that it is best to evaluate it. "

I will not go into too much detail, but the important thing was that it was really limited, really attended, really limited was and went through the week and we hoped we could do it today, "said Patricia. "Unfortunately, as I said before, it was not safe to put him in this situation, and the information we got from talking to the doctors was not right."

Lions quarterback Jeff Driskel signals in the first half on Sunday, November 10, 2019, in Chicago. (Photo: Matt Marton, Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)

Patricia said Sunday was "the day we decided it was not safe," though he was not exactly asked what facing Stafford's diagnosis earlier in the week.

"Just meeting with the doctors and having that kind of advice again and just deciding that's not a good thing," said Patricia. "Because he wanted to play."

Under the NFL Guidelines, teams must update matchday identifiers "if an event occurs (such as player training, disciplinary matters, illness) or family issues) prior to the team's arrival at the stadium on the match day If a player decides not to start or play, the club will need to update their match status report. "

Teams violating the policy may be fined

Patricia Stafford said" week after week "with his injury. Jeff Driskel started at Stafford on Sunday and the Lions lost on Sunday from 20-13.

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