Friday PM update: Goff didn’t practice on Friday and it appears Tim Boyle will get the start against the Browns tough defensive line. UPDATE: The Lions announced Goff as doubtful for Sunday.
With Jared Goff not practicing today for the third straight day, Lions’ QB Tim Boyle is in line to start Sunday vs. Cleveland.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 19, 2021
Friday AM update: Jared Goff will throw on Friday and is not totally ruled out, per Nick Baumgardner. However, Baumgardner noted that “unless something changes there, the plan is to start Tim Boyle on Sunday with Blough as the No. 2.”
Thursday update: Goff remains sidelined as he was not seen at the open portion of practice, per Tim Twentyman.
Wednesday update: Goff isn’t practicing on Wednesday, per Kory Woods. Head coach Dan Campbell says that Tim Boyle will take over the starting job if Goff can’t go.
The Lions coaching staff wants to see how well Goff can throw the ball by Wednesday’s practice before making a decision on his status, per the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. If the veteran quarterback cannot play, he could miss one or two games, which opens up the door for backup David Blough to start.
Fantasy football implications
Goff is coming off a rough performance against the Steelers, where he completed 14-of-25 passes for 114 yards and scored a season-low 4.56 fantasy points. This season, the former first overall pick is completing 66.1% of his passes for 2,109 yards, eight touchdowns, and six interceptions.
If Goff cannot go, then the next best option is Blough, who has only made five career starts. We could see the Lions employ an offensive gameplan that they did last week, which was running the ball with D’Andre Swift, Jermar Jefferson, and Godwin Igwebuike.