Lions Say QB Stafford Will be OUT for Cowboys Visit

Mike Fisher

FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys have been planning to oppose a Lions team on Sunday without QB Matthew Stafford. And now Detroit says that matches the Lions’ plan as well.

On Friday, as Stafford was once again missing practice due to a back injury, Lions coach Matt Patricia addressed the media on the subject of the star QB's availability for the game against the Cowboys, Stafford's hometown team. Patricia first talked of a "medical plan'' for the player. Then he suggested there is no scenario in which he can envision Stafford playing this weekend.

And then finally came a hard truth: "Not this Sunday, no,” Patricia said of Stafford's availability.

The 5-4 Cowboys will therefore oppose QB Jeff Driskel, a former late-round draft pick who has mobility as a strength - and in fairness to the chances of the 3-5-1 Lions, has a number of offensive weapons at his disposal, especially in receivers Kelly Golladay and Marvin Jones.