The Lions have soaked in their 23-20 win over the Buccaneers, their first victory away from home since 2007, but now have turned to a more pressing issue. QB Drew Stanton, who led the charge Sunday, suffered a left shoulder injury and departed the locker room Sunday with his arm in a sling. Backup Shaun Hill, meanwhile, is coming back from a broken right index finger, and de facto starter Matthew Stafford still has an injured right shoulder. Head coach Jim Schwartz did not say Monday whom his starting QB would be in Week 16, which is nothing new this season, as he has been quiet about his QB plans for most of the season consistently.
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Hill likely would have had to come in had Stanton not finished on Sunday, and all indications are that Hill is not far from returning. This could be his week.
But what about Stafford? The thinking now is that he can't play Sunday, and there might not be a lot to gain by keeping him off injured reserve unless the team thinks something can be gained by playing Stafford against the Vikings in Week 17.
It's looking like Stanton, who has won two games in the past week, won't play if the shoulder injury is of any severity. But he has gone a long way toward convincing the staff he's a more-than-capable No. 3 QB going forward.
They just have to hope that Hill can play Sunday and continue the momentum gained against the Packers and Buccaneers, two teams fighting for their playoff lives.
In order to build a winning culture, head coach Jim Schwartz knows he must keep winning and not just mail it in to play for improved draft position. That's what the team has done in the recent past at times, and look where that has gotten the Lions.