All reports and indications are that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will start on Sunday in New Orleans. The real question is whether he’ll finish.

Stafford officially has an ankle injury, and Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press recently suggested that Stafford may eventually have to exit the game against the Saints.

“I know this for one simple reason,” Monarrez writes. “I’m believing those lying eyes of mine instead of listening to all the macho bluster coming out of Allen Park.”

Monarrez explains that Stafford clearly was in pain last week against the Panthers, and that it got worse as game went on.