ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The countdown to the regular season is on.
The Detroit Lions play the Buffalo Bills Thursday night at Ford Field in their final preseason game. The Lions' season opener is 10 days later against the St. Louis Rams.
Here are five storylines to follow for Thursdays exhibition:
1. After last weeks scare when quarterback Matthew Staffords left hand got banged and swelled up severely, you have to question whether its worth the risk of putting him and key players such as Calvin Johnson on the field at all.
Coach Jim Schwartz was noncommittal on how much the starters will play.
Well see, he said.
Schwartz, however, indicated that healthy players will make an appearance, at least a cameo, for the hometown crowd.
We may have some situations where we hold guys out that are just healing up to be at 100 percent, Schwartz said. But if guys are 100 percent and theyre healthy, theyre going to play.
The key phrase: 100 percent.
Not many football players are 100 percent ...