Matthew Stafford Not Expected to Play Against Chicago

Ross Houston
November 10, 2019

Nose guard Eddie Goldman, who played only 11 snaps in last week's loss in Philadelphia after suffering a thigh injury, was listed as questionable vs. the Lions but went from a non-participant in Wednesday's practice to full go Friday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Stafford has fractured bones in his back and will not play. He's been an alternate before and has been invited in other years, but it would be huge for the Lions to be able to get Stafford back in the game for his own confidence and his career if he can make it outright.

Below is all you need to know about Stafford's injury, including a timeline of his injury updates and when the Lions might get him back in the lineup. "Any player that's had to miss any amount of time, whether it's one game, a quarter, even a series from injury, they feel like, 'Okay, when I get back out here, I got to get rolling'".

In a unusual way, then, the absence of Stafford arguably only increases the pressure on the desperate Bears and their embattled passer Mitch Trubisky. It'll Increase to 219 next week when the Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. After doctors did extra tests on his back, they concluded he is no shape to play.

NFL Media noted that a big hit Stafford took in the Lions' Week 9 loss to the Raiders could have been the shot that made him unable to keep playing through the injury.

Stafford was limited all week in practice and is officially listed as questionable, but he said Thursday that he's "fine" and would be "good to go" against the Bears. "I'm not really anxious about it".

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