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Injuries: Matthew Stafford (hand) expected to start

10 December 2017

In 12 contests this season, Matthew Stafford has thrown for 3,302 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 63.9 percent of his passing attempts.

On Sunday afternoon, the Detroit Lions (6-6) will square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) in what is a "must-win" game for the Lions if they want any chance at finding their way into the NFL Playoffs.

Head coach Jim Caldwell opened Friday's media session with nary an answer about Stafford's health, saying he's "progressing" and throwing "decently".

Stafford has been battling an injury on his throwing hand after a Ravens defender stepped on it during last week's loss at Baltimore. He has been limited in practice all week, and he's officially listed as questionable.

The 29-year-old has not missed a game since his second season in 2010-11, where he was sidelined for nearly the entire year due to shoulder surgery.

Detroit will be without running back Ameer Abdullah, who was listed as inactive and will miss his second straight game with a neck injury.

Today's matchup between the Lions and Buccaneers will kickoff at 1 Raymond James Stadium. That includes defensive end Ziggy Ansah, guard T.J. Lang, punter Sam Martin and center Travis Swanson.

Injuries: Matthew Stafford (hand) expected to start