Lions QB Stafford out vs. Bears


Stafford hasn't missed a game since 2010, but this week he'll have to watch backup Jeff Driskel start in his place.

The Detroit Lions officially deactivated QB Matthew Stafford for Sunday's game at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears only a few hours after multiple reports indicated his streak of 136 consecutive starts would be snapped with a fractured back. He leads the league with 312.4 passing yards per game and is comfortably on pace for career highs in yards per attempt (8.6) and passer rating (106.0).

NFL Network reported during the day that there was concern about Stafford's status as he battles hip and back injuries, saying he "could be a real game-time decision". I know I can speak for all of us when I say it's always nice to beat the Bears.

Stafford had been playing with back pain all season thanks to an injury that reportedly also bothered him previous year. The 11th-year veteran and Lions' all-time leading passer was a limited practice participant this week, and per Schefter, was uncorking 60-yard throws during Friday's workout, making Sunday's news all the more stunning. "I'm not really anxious about that".

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November 10: Stafford is ruled out for the Bears game, since doctors want to perform more tests on his back. "Something different, but I'm totally fine".

November 10: Stafford is ruled out for the Bears game, as doctors want to perform further tests on his back. ESPN reports that the injury could keep Stafford on the sidelines for one to three weeks.

November 6th: Stafford tells reporters that he is "good, quot; and that he will be "good, quot; against the Bears despite the pain in his back".

November 6: Stafford tells reporters he's "fine" and will be "good to go" against the Bears despite pain in his back.