Should Matthew Stafford play in the season finale? Coach Jim Caldwell says he hasn't considered resting his franchise quarterback with the playoffs out of reach, though plenty of people think he should. In an MLive poll, 37.3 percent of people said Stafford should not play Sunday against Green Bay, while another 39.2 percent said he should play just a half. Only 23.5 percent said Stafford should be allowed play his usual role. Stafford, though, isn't nearly as conflicted. "I'm the quarterback here," he said. "This is what I work hard for. I work hard for opportunities to go out there and play on Sundays. I don't care what the situation is. You get your body ready. You get your mind ready to go out there and play. You go out there and play. "And I think to think otherwise is not real smart." There are upsides to not playing Stafford. Most significantly, it would ensure he avoids the kind of major injury that could set back the franchise in 2018. Backup Jake Rudock could also gain some in-game experience, after playing just nine snaps his first two years in the league. But there are downsides as well. Like, Rudock could hurt whatever trade value may exist by not playing well. And fans who have paid a lot of money for tickets wouldn't get to see Detroit's best product on the field.
Matthew Stafford wants to play, expects to play
Michigan Live | Dec 29