Lions QB Stafford's status vs. Bears in doubt

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2019

Signed by the Lions in September, Driskel started five games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, completing 59.7 percent of his passes and throwing for six touchdowns.

The Detroit Lions won't have Matthew Stafford as they try to win an important game against the Chicago Bears on the road.

Stafford was listed as limited in practice earlier in the week because of hip/back issues. While out for an injury the team is calling week by week, Detroit resorts to Jeff Driskel in QB. 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).

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

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Stafford had been playing with back pain all season thanks to an injury that reportedly also bothered him past year. Last week, Stafford spoke of texting with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, whose streak was ended recently at 154 games by an ankle injury. Rapoport reports Stafford had an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injuries, with the team deciding he would not be well enough to be cleared to play. "I'm not really anxious about it". According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Stafford has fractured bones in his back and will not play. On Sunday morning, multiple reports indicated that Stafford would be inactive in Chicago.

Most agree the now watered down Pro Bowl is a poor litmus test for successful players, but Stafford could be heading for the game and potentially for an All-Pro nod as well if he keeps up his huge play so far this season.

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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