ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions wrap up preseason play with another short turnaround as they head to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns Thursday night.
This matchup represents the last look each team gets at those on the bubble before rosters are trimmed from 90 to 53 players Saturday afternoon. Detroit comes in with a 0-3 record while Cleveland comes in at 2-1 through three exhibitions.
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Now that quarterback Matthew Stafford finally logged some preseason reps, the attention in Detroit firmly turns to those vying to make the 53-man roster or practice squad. For those who missed it, Stafford completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown against the Bills. The quarterback logged 33 snaps after not appearing in the first two weeks of the preseason for the first time of his career.
Coach Matt Patricia called Week 4 of the preseason “critical” while remembering players from his past who played well and earned an opportunity on a team during the final week.
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Some changes from last week’s roster prediction includes offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel and defensive end Mitchell Loewen making the cut after injuries to center Frank Ragnow and rookie Austin Bryant. Ragnow and linebacker Jarrad Davis went down in last week’s preseason game against the Bills, but both former first-round picks are expected back at some point this season.
Ragnow is said to have a minor ankle sprain while it appears Davis avoided disaster with a high-ankle sprain.
WHO: Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
WHAT: Week 4 of the NFL preseason
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland
LIVE UPDATES: MLive.com/Lions (check back in on Thursday for a link to MLive’s live updates post)
TV: WJBK (FOX-2 — Detroit)
RADIO: WJR 760 AM
LIVE STREAM: Free trial at fubo.tv. NFL Game Pass also offers a free trial, but only allows the streaming of out-of-market games.