Biggs: Stafford, Johnson still missing in Motown

The slim chances Matthew Stafford has of playing on Sunday just got a little slimmer.

Tom Kowalski from MLive.com has reported that neither the Detroit Lions quarterback nor wide receiver Calvin Johnson were on the practice field for the 35-minute period open to the media.
Stafford practice on Wednesday but sat out Thursday. Johnson has not practiced since suffering a right knee injury in the first quarter last Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. Coach Jim Schwartz said the injury was not serious.

Stafford dislocated his right knee cap vs. the Chicago Bears on Oct. 4 at Soldier Field when he was sacked in the fourth quarter by defensive end Adewale Ogunleye. Ogunleye spun Stafford to the turf and although no penalty was called on the play, he was fined $7,500 by the NFL for violating the horse collar rule.

“I had him by the front of his jersey and it slipped to the back as he was trying to get away,’’ Ogunleye said. “I was very surprised I was fined.

"I never want to see a guy get hurt, and that’s not my intention, but at the same time we’re playing football. People do get hurt. This is what they pay me to do, get after the quarterback. I don’t get it. It’s starting not to make any sense. I grabbed him and he was running away from me, it’s not like I grabbed him here [motions to the back of the jersey], and he pulled away and his jersey was loose and it kind of slid. I didn’t think it was a horse collar. But you have to be careful with what you say around here.’’

Ogunleye is appealing the fine.

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