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DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be a step closer to missing another start.

Stafford did not practice with teammates Wednesday, a few days after hip and back injuries stopped his streak of 139 consecutive starts counting the playoffs.

Stafford watched as quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and David Blough took snaps. Later in the day, Driskel said he was simply preparing to play as he does each week.

"I'd say the biggest difference for me is all you guys standing around my locker," he said while surrounded by reporters.

Driskel played in place of Stafford in a 20-13 loss to Chicago, giving Detroit its fifth loss in six games. He was 27 for 46 for 269 yards - all career highs - with a touchdown and an interception in his sixth career start.

The Lions (3-5-1) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-4) on Sunday, when Driskel is expected to get another chance to start.

"Driskel has not played as much, but he's a really talented guy," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "We had him at the Senior Bowl when he was coming out and was just really impressed with him as a guy, impressed with him as a quarterback and as an athlete."

Stafford has not been ruled out against Dallas, his hometown team. Stafford insisted earlier in the week he's going to do everything he can to play.

"That's just something that's kind of going to be a decision probably week to week on whether or not I can make it out there," he said. "But I'm going to do everything I can to try and be out there as soon as possible."

Potentially looking to add depth at the position, the Lions will be among the NFL teams planning to attend Colin Kaepernick's workout for NFL teams on Saturday.

Detroit coach Matt Patricia said someone from general manager Bob Quinn's staff will be in Atlanta to evaluate Kaepernick. Kaepernick hasn't played since the 2016 season with San Francisco. He helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that season by kneeling during the national anthem at games.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson says Adam Gase's job is safe and he will remain the coach next season despite the team's struggles this year.

Johnson held a brief meeting with reporters Wednesday and says Gase has his trust as well as the trust of general manager Joe Douglas moving forward.

Johnson calls Gase "a good man, good coach," and says he likes how Gase has maintained a positive dynamic in the facility despite the Jets facing lots of adversity and sitting at 2-7.

Johnson says the losing has been "exceedingly frustrating," but adds that he believes Gase and Douglas will be able to "lead the Jets to a great future."


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young will be held out of one more game as punishment for breaking NCAA rules by accepting a personal loan.

The penalty was announced by Ohio State in a statement Wednesday.

That means the preseason All-American will miss Saturday's game against Rutgers and be back for showdowns with No. 9 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan to end the regular season.

No. 3 Ohio State announced the day before its game with Maryland that Young would be held out amid concerns he violated NCAA rules by taking a loan last year from someone he describes as a "family friend."


Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza says he has agreed to become manager of Italy's national baseball team.

The 51-year-old Piazza, who was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is of Italian ancestry. He tweeted Wednesday he will manage Italy at a European tournament in 2020 and at the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

Piazza was Italy's hitting coach at the 2009 and 2013 WBC tournaments.

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