Matthew Stafford out against Bears with broken back bones

Ross Houston
November 10, 2019

Detroit Lions quarterback has been ruled out for the team's Week 10 game against the Chicago Bears, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Stafford has fractured bones in his back, and doctors did not let him play, a source told ESPN.

That streak may be in doubt Sunday against the Chicago Bears as Stafford deals with a back injury.

We certainly wish him well. "Had the back injury last week near the end of the Oakland game". He had been listed as questionable on the injury report and was practicing through the week while hoping to play through the pain. Got to the stadium this morning, met with the doctors and wasn't medically cleared to play today so he's deactivated.

November 10: Stafford is ruled out for the Bears game, as doctors want to perform further tests on his back.

Meinke also added that Stafford's current maladies are not related to his prior injuries.

Driskel, the subject of interest from at least one team at last month's trade deadline, made five starts for the Cincinnati Bengals a year ago, completing 59.7% of his passes and throwing six touchdown passes against two interceptions. The backup QB is Jeff Driskel. Furthermore, the Lions' franchise quarterback was on pace for one of the best seasons of his career. It's unclear when the injury initially occurred, but according to ESPN, it "dates back to last season, when he played through the pain and didn't miss a game, even though those around him knew how much he was suffering". He passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns in that game.

Stafford has started every game over the last eight-plus seasons, since missing most of the 2010 season with a shoulder injury.

Stafford, 31, is fourth in the National Football League with 2,499 passing yards and ranks second with 19 touchdowns, trailing only Russell Wilson (22).

"I'll be good to go", Stafford said Wednesday.

His streak of 136 consecutive starts is second only to Philip Rivers (218 starts) among quarterbacks, and it's something he's taken vast pride in.

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