Lions QB Stafford's status vs. Bears in doubt

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

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

What is Matthew Stafford's injury?

The next morning, Stafford evidently gave in to doctors' suggestions to get further testing done on his back.

Stafford has been on the injury report since Week 4 with a hip issue, but he had only been limited in one practice - back on September 27 - until this week, when the back injury also popped up. It'll Increase to 219 next week when the Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Considering the back injury is an ailment that has hindered him for the last two seasons, Detroit would be wise to play it with extreme caution.

However, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports there is significant concern that streak could be snapped as Stafford, listed as questionable, is dealing with hip and back injuries. According to ESPN, he almost missed the Lions' home game against the Chiefs in Week 4 due to the pain in his back. Brian Hoyer will get the start for the Colts against the Dolphins while Jeff Driskel will fill in for Stafford.

NFL Media noted that a great success that Stafford received in the defeat of the Lions in Week 9 against the Raiders could have been the shot that made him unable to continue playing through the injury.

"I'll be ready to go", Stafford said Wednesday. "Something different, but I'm totally good". On Sunday morning, multiple reports indicated Stafford would be inactive in Chicago. After doctors did extra tests on his back, they concluded he is no shape to play. ESPN reports that the injury could keep Stafford on the sidelines for one to 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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