Golladay out for Lions, Stafford’s status remains unclear
Detroit standout receiver Kenny Golladay will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings due to the hip injury he suffered in last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Starting safety Tracy Walker (foot) and return specialist Jamal Agnew (ribs) also were ruled out on Friday.
The status of quarterback Matthew Stafford remains unknown. He is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and the Lions are willing to wait until Saturday night or Sunday to make a determination on whether he can play.
Journeyman Chase Daniel will start if Stafford, a 12-year veteran, can’t play.
“I think if you called Matt Stafford on an April day and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to go play a 60-minute football game,’ he’d be able to go out there and rip it. He’d be fine,” Detroit coach Matt Patricia told reporters. “He’d see defenses; he’d see coverage. He’d be doing all the right things. He’s a great vet. He knows how to play the game. I trust Matt Stafford to always do the right things, be ready to go and that’s where we are right now.”
Stafford, 32, has completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,916 yards and 13 touchdowns with five interceptions this season. He owns a 72-83-1 record in 156 career games for the Lions, having thrown 269 touchdown passes and 139 interceptions.
Daniel has started just five games in his 11-year NFL career. He has thrown seven touchdown passes and been intercepted five times.
“I feel really good about our week of practice,” Daniel said. “I thought we were really sharp Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We came out there today and I think one ball hit the ground in red zone work today.
“It’s been fun. I think this will only help me down the road if I ever have to play.”
Linebacker Jarrad Davis is also on the COVID-19 list along with Stafford.
Golladay was injured during the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts and missed the entire second half.
Golladay missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury but leads the team with 338 receiving yards. He has 20 catches with two touchdowns.
Golladay was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions. He also has topped 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons.
The Lions, perhaps fearing a multiple-week absence for Golladay, signed veteran wideout Mohamed Sanu to the practice squad on Friday. Sanu has 404 receptions for 4,516 yards and 26 scores in nine NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.
Walker leads the Lions with 51 tackles while Agnew is averaging 26.7 yards on kickoff returns and 8.6 on punts.
Guard Joe Dahl (back), tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot), linebacker Christian Jones (knee) and cornerback Darryl Roberts are listed as questionable.
–Field Level Media