The NFL is looking into whether the Lions violated league protocol by listing quarterback Matthew Stafford as questionable on last week’s injury report, a league source told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Stafford practiced on a limited basis all of last week, but Lions coach Matt Patricia, general manager Bob Quinn and several players offered varying timelines of when they were told Stafford would not play in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Patricia and Quinn said the decision to sit Stafford was made Sunday morning, with Quinn specifying that it came after arriving at the stadium. Several players, however, said Patricia informed them of the decision “earlier in the day” Saturday.
A review is “standard” in situations like this, the source said.