It seems like everyone is weighing in on whether or not Matthew Stafford ought to play in the third preseason game (we did too) for the Lions, so here is another take. This time, it is Dave Birkett at the Detroit Free Press making the argument that Stafford does not really need to appear in the game. As pointed out by Mike O'Hara on WJR 760, a lot of the “first-team reps” that some fans would like to see from Stafford in a game setting have been addressed in joint practices where both teams are definitely using their starters. According to Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk, teams playing preseason games without their true starter taking any snaps is fairly widespread: twelve teams had not used their starting quarterback at all in their first two preseason games.
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