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Sport David Blough to start for Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day

03:35  28 november  2019
03:35  28 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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David Blough holding a baseball bat: David Blough played in 44 games in four seasons while at Purdue.© Mark Tenally, AP David Blough played in 44 games in four seasons while at Purdue.

But with Matthew Stafford out with a back injury and Jeff Driskel nursing a sore hamstring, the Lions announced Wednesday night that David Blough will make his first career start in Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears.

Blough, acquired in a late August trade with the Cleveland Browns, has been with the Lions for all of the regular season but has been active only for the last three games, since Stafford fractured bones in his back in a Nov. 3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

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Driskel has started the last three weeks, but he suffered a hamstring injury in last week's loss to the Washington Redskins and was listed as questionable on the Lions' estimated injury report this week.

The Lions, losers of four straight and seven of their last eight, held walk-throughs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in lieu of full practices.

Lions coach Matt Patricia said Blough has taken some first-team practice reps in recent weeks, though the bulk of that work has gone to Driskel.

"We’ve put him in certain situations," Patricia said. "We have different team periods throughout practice normally when we’re out there. We’ll have competitive periods against offense versus defense, along with our preparation periods that we use each week. We like to take those different kind of chances during the week to mix up some of the huddles, and who’s out there and who’s not. We do it really at all positions, and certainly, Blough is one of those guys that it’s important for us to do that with, too.”

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The Lions did not make a move at the quarterback position Wednesday, meaning they have just one healthy quarterback for Thursday's game.

Driskel still could dress as an emergency backup, and Patricia indicated the Lions could alter their gameplan to account for his injury if necessary.

"Obviously, he can stand in the pocket, he can throw, he can do all those things," Patricia said. "There’s no issues there. It just would be some of the things that we would want to build around that, that we would have to take a look at.”

Driskel was optimistic about playing when he met with reporters Tuesday, saying his hamstring made steady improvement since Sunday.

Blough was a full- or part-time starter during all four of his years at Purdue, when he threw for 9,374 yards and 69 touchdowns with 43 interceptions.

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In four preseason games with the Browns, Blough threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns while completing 58.1% of his passes. He was 11 of 17 for 115 yards with two touchdowns while playing most of the fourth preseason game against the Lions.

The Lions agreed to a conditional swap of 2022 seventh-round picks to acquire Blough.

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