This is a purely theoretical question, but it's one that should be raised: If you're Jim Schwartz going into the Lions' game Sunday against the Cowboys, would you rest Shaun Hill?
I was on pins and needles with every snap, hoping that his broken forearm would not be thrust into action against Buffalo Sunday. An injured player needs time to heal, perhaps a quarterback more than any other.
The way the NFC North is going, nothing is out of the question at this point. The division is still pretty wide open, but with Matthew Stafford down and out, our eyes are almost once again set to the end of April.
Would it be out of the question to cut our losses and plan ahead properly for the next week?
We can all agree that a beat-up Shaun Hill trumps a healthy Drew Stanton any day of the week, but with only four days in between our game Sunday with the Cowboys and our Thanksgiving game with the Patriots, a decision has to be made.
The Cowboys have an attack-oriented defense, with All-Pro DeMarcus Ware leading the charge. Hill did not take many shots last Sunday against the Bills, but he will surely be knocked around by the Dallas pass rush. With Hill still on the mend, I'd rather see him healthier for a national TV audience Thursday in Detroit than beat up in Texas.
It is any coach's mindset to go into a game looking for the win, but if it means our already nicked-up quarterback has to rock the sideline in street clothes Thursday, is it worth the cost? I certainly think so.
As much as we need to beat the suddenly aggressive Dallas Cowboys Sunday, we need to show up on the 25th for all of America. The constant banter about switching around Thanksgiving Day games is one that will not go away unless we put on our best performance, and saving Shaun Hill for it sounds like a smart decision to me.