Quarterback Matthew Stafford showed up on Friday’s injury report with a hip injury that limited him in practice. His status was listed as questionable for today’s game vs. Kansas City, but Stafford is active and in line to start his 132nd consecutive game at quarterback for the Detroit Lions vs. the Chiefs today.
Stafford’s had a nice start to his season, completing 63 percent of his passes for 831 yards with six touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 97.5, helping Detroit to a 2-0-1 start to the season. The Lions have both backup quarterbacks David Blough and Jeff Driskel active today as well.
The Lions won’t have the services of Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay, however. Slay been hampered all week by a hamstring injury he suffered in the second half of last week’s win in Philadelphia. He was a limited participant in practice this week, and was questionable to play.
It’s a tough break for Detroit’s defense as they face reigning NFL MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes and a Chiefs' offense that ranks No. 1 in passing offense (392.3), No. 2 in total offense (487.0) and No. 3 in scoring (33.7) without their best cornerback. Cornerback Mike Ford is likely to start in place of Slay today.
Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola is also inactive because of the chest injury he suffered last week. Amendola didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, returned to the practice field Friday, but that injury will keep him from playing today. Wide receiver Tom Kennedy, who was activated from the practice squad this week, could see some work in the slot.
The Lions ruled out defensive tackle Mike Daniels on Friday due to a foot injury, and second-year defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand will miss his fourth straight game to begin the season due to an elbow injury.
Joining Slay, Amendola, Daniels and Hand on today’s inactive list for the Lions are: Guard Beau Benzschawel, guard Oday Aboushi and running back Paul Perkins.