Lions' Matthew Stafford, Darius Slay questionable for game vs. Chiefs
Allen Park — The injury watch for the Lions looks like it will have some uncertainties stretching into Sunday’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field.
The big surprise is quarterback Matthew Stafford, who wasn’t listed on the injury report all week but was limited in practice on Friday because of a hip issue. Stafford is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Stafford’s streak of 131 consecutive regular-season starts would be in jeopardy if he’s unable to play against the Chiefs.
The focus had been on defensive back Darius Slay, who has been limited all week in the portions of practice open to the media. Slay suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles and didn’t return to the game. But the limited practice reps are an indication the team is looking to reduce the stress of practice in hopes of having him back for the Sunday showdown.
Slay did some light work Friday with the defensive backs but didn’t put any pressure on the hamstring or many any cuts. He left the locker room before talking to media members. There’s still a chance that he could play Sunday, which would be a welcome addition, considering Kansas City’s prolific passing offense.
Defensive tackle Mike Daniels, who suffered a foot injury against the Eagles, hasn’t practiced all week and didn’t practice Friday; he’s listed as out for Sunday’s game.
Receiver Danny Amendola, who had a sore shoulder, sat out on Wednesday and Thursday, but returned on Friday. He’s listed as questionable.
“He’s a pretty tough kid, so he’s going to do everything possible to get himself ready to go,” coach Matt Patricia said Friday about Amendola. “He’ll be smart as far as that’s concerned.”
Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand also was limited in practice on Friday. He could play in his first game this season on Sunday, as he looks to recover from an elbow injury suffered in training camp.
Defensive back Rashaan Melvin, who had been limited all week because of a knee injury, was a full participant on Friday and should be able to play Sunday.
Patricia announced before practice that the Lions promoted receiver Tom Kennedy to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Kennedy replaces receiver Travis Fulgham, who was released on Thursday.
The team also announced that they have added defensive lineman Frank Herron to the practice squad. Herron, 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, played three games in the preseason with the Tennessee Titans and totaled five tackles. He played collegiately at Louisiana State.