Lions won’t sit Matthew Stafford in finale vs. Packers

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford leaves the field after Golden Tate lost a third-down reception late in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Bengals.

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions have no plans to rest their starters, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, in the team’s season finale against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

“No,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell plainly stated. “I don’t have to give you all every single reason, but the fact of the matter is we got 16 opportunities, and we go play it.”

Stafford has battled an array of health issues this season, but hasn’t missed any practice time the past two weeks. He also has an ironman streak to keep alive. Sunday would mark his 112th consecutive start.

The Lions have been giving many of their first-year players extensive playing time this season.

“I think when you look at us, we probably played as many young guys as anybody,” Caldwell said. “I mean, we had seven rookies that play a considerable amount of playing time for us and we expect that to continue.”

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First-round pick Jarrad Davis has started all year, while cornerback Teez Tabor, wide receiver Kenny Golladay and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Mabyin – the team’s second-, third- and fourth-round choices – all had career-high snap counts in last Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.

Additionally, tight end Michael Roberts, cornerback Jamal Agnew, defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter and running back Tion Green have all carved out roles.