Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Lions' Stafford (back/hip) won't play vs. Bears

Though it's been a rough stretch for Mitch Trubisky and the Bears Lions coach Matt Patricia isn't overlooking the Chicago quarterback Matthew Stafford may not start Sunday's game against the Bears
Cary Erickson | 11 November, 2019, 02:23

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was ruled out Sunday against the Chicago Bears, the team announced.

Playing through pain had never been an issue for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford until team doctors told him it was.

Jeff Driskell is set to start in his place, the last Lions' QB to start a game other than Stafford was Shaun Hill, in Week 17 of the 2010 season.

The Lions listed him as "questionable" on the team's injury report released Saturday, due to hip and back injuries. Practiced on limited all week, listed him as questionable.

Asked about his status by local reporters on Wednesday, Stafford said, "I'm fine". "I'll be good to go".

We will find out sometime before 1 p.m. ET on Sunday whether Stafford will play. "Something different (than the hip injury), but I'm totally good".

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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 huge pride in.

The 31-year-old Stafford has appeared in eight games and completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.

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

Ryan's streak of 154 consecutive starts came to an end last month because of an ankle 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. While Stafford was able to get on the practice field, Rapoport notes that he's a real game-time decision.

Stafford's last missed start came 3,234 days ago, on January 2, 2011.