Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff did not take part in the open portion of practice Friday, paving the way for Tim Boyle to make his first career start at quarterback.
Lions coach Dan Campbell said before practice that Goff would test his injured oblique in a pre-practice workout, and would practice only if “we feel like he can throw.”
Campbell said he planned to make his quarterback decision for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday, and would not take the decision up until gameday.
“I just think, man, when you start talking about quarterback it’s a little different,” Campbell said. “When it’s like, ‘Man, this receiver here could play,’ those are hard enough. When you’re talking about a quarterback, I think it needs to be these are your reps, you’re locked in, you’re ready to go. That’s all.”
Lions quarterback Jared Goff, far right, and teammates sit on the bench during the second half of the Lions’ 44-6 loss on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at Ford Field.
Boyle, in his first season with the Lions after three with the Green Bay Packers, took first-team practice reps Wednesday and Thursday, and was working with the No. 1 unit again during the open portion of practice Friday.
He has never started a game in his NFL career, completing 3 of 4 for 15 yards in 11 appearances with the Packers.
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Goff injured his side on a deep pass to Kalif Raymond in the first quarter of last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished the game, but had one of the worst passing days of his career. He had minus-1 yard passing in the first quarter, was 11 of 20 for 54 yards in regulation and finished the game 14 of 25 for 114 yards.
“I think last week, I don’t know if the game plan was adjusted based on the weather or based on my injury. Better question for Dan, probably,” Goff said Wednesday. “But there was…