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NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

NFL fines Lions, Matt Patricia for violating Injury Report Policy before Week 10 game against Bears

The Lions fought admirably in their Thanksgiving day loss to their Bears — even without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who missed the game with a back injury.

With third-stringer David Blough under center, Detroit hung around all game, but were outdone by a late Mitch Trubisky game-winning drive, falling 24-20.

In the moment, Stafford's absence was a surprising development. Now, according to a report by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Lions organization, head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are all facing fines for not properly updating Stafford's status in advance of the game:

It's insult to injury for a team currently in the basement of the NFC North at 3-8-1. Two victories over the Lions over a span of four weeks helped spark Trubisky and the Bears to the late-season surge they're currently enjoying.

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Detroit to play third-string QB David Blough against Bears on Thanksgiving

Detroit to play third-string QB David Blough against Bears on Thanksgiving

If the Bears were looking for an easy game this holiday, they may be in luck. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday evening the Lions are expected to start third-string rookie QB David Blough tomorrow during their Week 13 matchup against the Bears.

The Lions quarterbacks have had a particularly rough season this fall. Their starting QB Matthew Stafford missed the Lions Week 10 game against the Bears due to fractured bones in his back and will be out for approximately six weeks. Jeff Driskel has been playing under center in Stafford’s absence, but is now sidelined with a hamstring injury. He'll back up Blough on Thursday.

Blough was an undrafted rookie and has yet to play an NFL snap. Blough played all four years of his college career with at Purdue. He was initially signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns this past May before getting traded to the Lions in exchange for 2022 seventh-round draft picks. During his senior season at Purdue, Blough threw for 3705 yards and 25 TDs.

The Lions later officially confirmed the news via Twitter:

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Bears unlikely to face Matt Stafford in Week 13's Thanksgiving game

Bears unlikely to face Matt Stafford in Week 13's Thanksgiving game

The Bears will play the Detroit Lions in Week 13's Thanksgiving game, but they'll likely be facing backup quarterback Jeff Driskel for the second time in three weeks.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is unlikely to play as he continues to recover from a back injury.

"With the fractures in Stafford's back, surgery is not considered an option," Schefter wrote. "The injuries are potentially chronic, and Stafford knows that the pain — which he has dealt with dating back to last season — could be an issue for him for years to come. But Stafford still wants to return to play this season, despite knowing the risks involved."

The Bears defeated the Driskel-led Lions, 20-13, in Week 11, but the fourth-year pro fared well against Chicago's defense. He completed 27-of-46 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 37 yards rushing on five carries.

The Bears will look to complete the season sweep of Detroit in front of a national holiday audience in Week 13.