Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Matthew Stafford won't play vs. Bears because of fractured bones in back

Matthew Stafford won't play vs. Bears because of fractured bones in back

There is legitimate concern surrounding Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's status heading into the Week 10 matchup with the Chicago Bears, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

According to a report from Adam Schefter, Stafford traveled with the Lions to Chicago just so he could help prepare backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.

Driskel, the subject of interest from at least one team at last month's trade deadline, made five starts for the Cincinnati Bengals a year ago, completing 59.7% of his passes and throwing six touchdown passes against two interceptions.

Stafford was listed as questionable with a hip/back injury, this will bring an end to his streak of 136 straight starts. Practiced on limited all week, listed him as questionable.

Asked about the injury Wednesday, Stafford said he was "fine". "Something different, but I'm totally good". Stafford had started 136 consecutive regular-season games entering Sunday, the sixth-longest streak for a quarterback in National Football League history.

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His streak of 136 consecutive starts is second only to Philip Rivers (218 starts) among quarterbacks, and it's something he's taken vast pride in.

He also held the 6th-longest all-time start streak behind Brett Favre, Rivers, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan.

"I don't think there is anything this man hates more than to not be out there battling with his guys".

What is Matthew Stafford's injury?

In 2011, Stafford fractured the index finger on his right hand in a game against the Denver Broncos and threw four interceptions in first game after the injury, against the Bears in Chicago. It's the first time he has missed a regular-season game since the 2010 season.

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