Leading the Lions to their first road victory in three years wasn’t enough to save Drew Stanton’s job.
Shaun Hill took the snaps with the first team offense in practice, relegating Stanton to the No. 2 spot at quarterback. Matthew Stafford didn’t practice, so it’s safe to assume his season is over—that is unless both Stanton and Hill can remain healthy.
Both quarterbacks have been banged up in recent weeks, with Stanton suffering a shoulder separation (non-throwing arm) in Sunday’s win against Tampa Bay. He took a pain killer at halftime and played the rest of the game.
Hill has broken both his forearm (non-throwing) and index finger (throwing) in separate incidents this year. Hill had been practicing with the scout team prior to last week’s game.
Stanton is coming off arguably his best game as a pro, throwing for 252 yards and a touchdown in the win against Tampa, which snapped an NFL-record 26-game losing streak for the Lions. Stanton was also nominated for the FedEx Air player of the week award as the league’s top passer. Poor guy just can’t catch a break.