Lions QB Stafford doubtful to play vs. Packers

Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford has an injury to the AC joint in his left shoulder and looks doubtful to play Thursday against the Packers, a league source told NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi.

Stafford is extremely sore in his non-throwing shoulder, the source said, but he shouldn’t be out for a long time. Stafford could play against the Packers if the pain subsides.

Stafford didn’t participate in the Lions’ walk-through Monday. He was injured during Sunday’s comeback victory over the Browns and threw the winning touchdown pass despite being in pain. He finished the game with a career-high five TD passes.

If Stafford can’t play Thursday, the Lions likely would turn to veteran backup Daunte Culpepper.

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