All signs point to Lions' Stafford playing Sunday

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — As many players have said this week, the Lions expect quarterback Matthew Stafford to play in Sunday’s home opener at Ford Field against the Denver Broncos.

Coach Jim Caldwell provided his most telling comments of the week with regards to Stafford on Friday as he said he doesn’t anticipate the Lions will add another quarterback to the roster before the Sunday night game, meaning the team plans to roll with Stafford and Dan Orlovsky as the signal callers.

Stafford was a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday despite being listed with a ribs injury he suffered in a Week 2 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

“I think on a daily basis he demonstrates his desire to be out there and rolling along,” Caldwell said of Stafford’s practice this week. “He’s an unusual guy in that respect, just in terms of how he’s gone about the week in terms of his preparation and things of that nature. It’s been on par with the way in which he prepares. But every week’s a little different challenge, and certainly this week was challenging for him.”

Stafford has played in 66 straight regular-season games.