Lions QB Matthew Stafford Could Miss Up To Three Weeks With Back Fractures


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip/back) is not expected to play against the Bears on Sunday. 

Stafford was listed as questionable and had said he expected to play this weekend, but reports surfaced last night that his status for Week 10 was in question. 

Adam Schefter reported late last night that Stafford was being told by some not to play on Sunday because of his back injury. According to Schefter, Stafford is dealing with fractured bones in his back and is sidelined “this week or 3 weeks.

This also ends his streak of 136 straight starts.

The Lions will turn to Jeff Driskel as their starter with rookie David Blough serving as his backup.

Stafford, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Lions back in 2009. He was in the final year of his five-year, $76.5 million contract when he and the Lions agreed to a five-year, $135 million extension back in 2017.

Stafford stands to make base salaries of $13.5 million and $15 million over the next two years of the agreement.

In 2019, Stafford has appeared in eight games and completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 66 yards.

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