Biggs: Stafford unlikely to play Sunday

It’s been a series of firsts in this young season for Detroit Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, and it looks like he will have another new experience Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers come calling. Stafford sat out practice on Thursday with an injured right knee, and it looks less likely he will play in the game.

Facing the Steelers’ defense that should get strong safety Troy Polamalu back, at least in limited form this week, might not be the best thing for Stafford in his early development.

Reports were that Stafford suffered a dislocated knee cap, but that it popped back in, minimizing damage. Coach Jim Schwartz called him “day to day” and said earlier in the week that not practicing wouldn’t necessarily rule Stafford out. Right. Like he wants to have Stafford go against that defense with no looks against it in practice.

One interesting thing to watch will be whether Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye is fined for the play that injured Stafford. Ogunleye spun him to the Soldier Field turf on Sunday, and had a firm grasp on the back of his jersey as he did so. If the NFL deems that Ogunleye had the collar of the jersey, it could be a horse collar violation.

Stay tuned.

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