Stafford will not play Sunday in Chicago due to 'fractured bones in back'

November 10, 2019, 9:52 AM

Quarterback Matthew Stafford will not play today when the Lions meet the Bears in Chicago. "Fractured bones in his back" is the stated reason, and sounds ominous, but the team didn't provide any more details. 

Matt Stafford (Screen grab from Lions' video)

The Freep reports:

Last year, Stafford played through a fractured process — the bony projection off each vertebrae — in his back. He said Wednesday his most recent injury is not related to that injury.

Stafford suffered this injury when he was hit in the upper back while scrambling in last week's loss to the Oakland Raiders.

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

Stafford himself, who has been been on the team's injury list since September, downplayed his condition earlier this week, telling reporters he's "fine" and "good to go." Team doctors must have felt otherwise. 

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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