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The Lions playoffs are dead after losing to the Bears, the team continues to delude Matthew Stafford's injury situation. What is the future? Filmed on November 10, 2019
Dave Birkett and Sean Windsor, Detroit Free Press

NFL examines whether Detroit Lions broke league protocol, citing Matthew Stafford quarterback as doubtful in last week's injury report a league source told the free press.

Stafford practiced for a limited time last week, but Lyons coach Matt Patricia, general manager Bob Quinn and several players suggested different deadlines when they were told that Stafford would not play Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears

Patricia and Quinn stated that the decision to sit Stafford was taken on Sunday morning, with Quinn stating that he came after arriving at the stadium. However, several players said that Patricia had informed them of the decision earlier in the day Saturday.

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The review is "standard" in situations like this, the source said.

"We didn't find out exactly what the problem was until yesterday," Logan Thomas said after the match. "He's a competitor, he's a warrior, he wanted to be there. I was just praying to be healthy first. "

Lions give way to Jeff Driskel and Matthew Stafford during a riot against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Sunday, November 10, 2019. (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

Asked if Stafford is telling the team about his situation, Thomas replied, "No, Patricia handled all this."

"It was yesterday, earlier in the day," Thomas said. "But I want to say it didn't change anything about who we were or what we were supposed to come to."

Stafford reportedly got broken bones in his back when he was hit while breaking at the end of 9- and the Oakland Raiders loss. Stafford downplayed last week's injury when he said he expected to play against the Bears, and he took regular replacements from first-team reps during practice.

ESPN reported that the Lions sent Stafford for further testing after practice on Friday, but Patricia said Sunday that those tests were "scheduled during the week just to make sure we do everything from a protocol standpoint. which we thought was best to evaluate. "

" I won't go into too many specifics, but the biggest thing was that he was really limited, he really participated, really limited and went through the week and we hoped that by today we would be able to do that, ”Patricia said. "And, unfortunately, as I said, it was not safe to put him in this situation. So the information we received when talking to the doctors was not the right thing to do."

Lions apostate Jeff Driskelel 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 wasn't safe", though it wasn't specific, asked what changed from the diagnosis to Stafford earlier in

"Just meeting with the doctors and consulting with them once more and just making a decision is not a good thing to do," Patricia said. "Because he wanted to play."

NFL policy requires teams to update game day designations "if an event occurs before the arrival of the stadium team on the day of the game (e.g., player training, disciplinary matter, illness, or family question) that causes the club to decide that a player will not start or will not play, the club must update its Game Status Report. "

Law-breaking teams are subject to potential fines

Patricia said Stafford was" week to week "with his injury. Jeff Driskel started Sunday at Stafford's place and the Lions lost Sunday, 20-13 .

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