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KEY QUESTIONS: Will Lions give young guys more playing time in season finale?

Head coach Matt Patricia held a conference call Monday following Detroit's 27-9 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

Here are the key questions to come out of that session.

How does the schedule change this week with Tuesday being Christmas?

The players are off Monday and Tuesday, and return for a normal week of preparation beginning Wednesday as the team gets ready for their season finale in Green Bay next Sunday.

"Tomorrow is a big day for a lot of people and we wanted to make sure we were able to give everyone a chance to see their families and things like that," Patricia said. "Had definitely planned to have the players have the day off and be back on Wednesday for a normal week."

There were some injured players in the building Monday getting treatment, but for the most part, the players and their families will enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas away from Allen Park.

Is there any plan this week to give some younger players some longer looks in the season finale?

The playoffs are out of the picture for the Lions as their 5-10 record has guaranteed them a top 10 draft pick next April. Could players like Tracy Walker, Tyrell Crosby or others get a longer look Week 17?

"For us we're just going to try and do everything through the course of the week to put everyone out there who'll help us win," Patricia said. "We'll continue to try and put everyone out there that we think can help us win this week."

It appears it will be business as usual for the Lions.

Are there any plans to sit quarterback Matthew Stafford this week vs. Packers?

Patricia was asked if we might see Matt Cassel at quarterback this week with Stafford still battling a back injury and there being nothing to play for in terms of the postseason.

"We'll approach every week the same and I think there's something to play for every single week," Patricia said. "That's what we're going to try and do. We're always competitive. We're always trying to compete and to us it's important."

If Stafford's back allows him to play Sunday, I expect the 10-year vet to make his 127th consecutive start and try to finish out the 2018 season on a positive note.

Have there been any conversations with veteran safety Glover Quin about retirement?

Quin has been a key component in Detroit's secondary since coming over in free agency in 2013. He has 19 interceptions over the last six seasons and was a Pro Bowler in 2014 for the Lions.

Quin is playing out his 10th NFL season, and has said he's thought about retirement in conversations with the media this year.

"For myself it's pretty standard to just make sure that we're focusing on this year and we're concentrating on everything we do to prepare that week. I think that's the most professional and appropriate thing to do," Patricia said.

"I've always had the philosophy of the season itself is a long, hard grind and sometimes you need to take a couple minutes after the season to let yourself come back down. I think that's everyone in the entire organization. For us, we just stay in the moment and handling our business that week ... and that's really the right way to approach it."

Are any of the injuries suffered to players Sunday potential injured reserve candidates?

Luke Willson (concussion), A'Shawn Robinson (knee) and DeShawn Shead (knee) were the most significant injuries suffered vs. Minnesota.

Patricia said the team is still working through the medicals on all three players and didn't have any immediate updates.

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