Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford sidelined with broken bones in back, report says

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Stafford practiced on Friday, where he was seen throwing 60-yard passes, but doctors wanted him to undergo additional testing on the back, the outlet reported.

Last year, Stafford played through a fractured process - the bony projection off each vertebrae - in his back. They play in Washington against the Redskins in Week 12, and Week 13 brings their annual Thanksgiving day game, this year at home against the Bears.

Now we have conflicting reports on the severity of Stafford's back and hip injuries, and the extent of how questionable he is for Sunday.

Stafford was inactive for the game due to a back injury suffered last week in Oakland. According to ESPN, he almost missed the Lions' home game against the Chiefs in Week 4 due to the pain in his back.

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

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The Lions turned to Jeff Driskel, who made his sixth career start Sunday. Despite Stafford wanting to play, it is probably best that he avoids putting himself in harm's way on Sunday versus the Bears.

Asked about his status by local reporters on Wednesday, Stafford said, "I'm fine".

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

The Bears came right back and took a 7-6 halftime lead on a 17-yard TD pass from Mitch Trubisky to Ben Braunecker with just 25 seconds left in the half. "I'm not really anxious about it". ESPN reports the injury could keep Stafford on the sideline anywhere between one and three weeks.

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

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