Matthew Stafford out against Bears with broken back bones

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2019

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.

After the Lions cut the deficit to 20-13 on Driskel's 47-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kenny Golladay with 5:53 left in the game, the Bears defense came up with the stop they needed.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears with fractured bones in his back and team doctors won't let him play, sources told ESPN and NFL Network. According to ESPN, he almost missed the Lions' home game against the Chiefs in Week 4 due to the pain in his back.

Jeff Driskel is expected to start at quarterback for the Lions, with David Blough as a backup.

When speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he said that this latest back injury isn't related to the one he dealt with last season and his hip issue wasn't linked to the one that found him questionable for Week 4. Despite Stafford wanting to play, it is probably best that he avoids putting himself in harm's way on Sunday versus the Bears.

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"I'm fine", Stafford said, via the Detroit Free Press.

The Lions have listed Stafford on their injury report as questionable five times going back to last season, including twice this year - once before the game against the Chiefs in Week 4, and this week.

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"I'll be good to go", Stafford said. On Sunday morning, multiple reports indicated Stafford would be inactive in Chicago.

November 9: ESPN reports Stafford is being told not to play against the Bears, but the QB wants to play through the pain of the back injury.

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