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Stafford no closer to playing

Despite a week off, it appears that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will remain on the shelf with an injured knee, at least for now.

Per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Lions plan to proceed conservatively with Stafford’s kneecap subluxation, in the hopes that he’ll be able to play later in the year.

From the sound of it, then, don’t look for Stafford to practice this week, or to play on Sunday when the Rams come to town for what could be the last, best chance for the team from St. Louis to avoid matching Detroit’s 0-16 feat from a year ago -- which also would match Tampa’s all-time mark of 26 straight losses.