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Injury Update For Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford throwing the football in warmups.

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 30: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

On Friday, the Detroit Lions announced that Matthew Stafford would be questionable to play this Sunday because of a hip injury. It turns out that his injury might not actually be related to his hip, though.

Detroit has been a pleasant surprise this season in large part because of Stafford. He's thrown for 831 yards and six touchdowns through the team’s first three games.

The Lions have a tough task ahead of them this weekend as they host the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. They'll need Stafford on the field if they any chance at matching Patrick Mahomes score for score.

Stafford is expected to play on Sunday, but his injury wasn't properly diagnosed until this morning.

According to ESPN reporter Michael Rothstein, Stafford’s issue is actually with his back.

Rothstein is reporting that Detroit will monitor Stafford throughout the season since this isn't the first time he suffered a back injury.

Fortunately for the Lions, Stafford hasn’t missed a game since 2010. At this point it'd be quite a surprise if he can't suit up this weekend.

Stafford isn't the only star player for the Lions on the injury report. Darius Slay is also questionable due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Kickoff for this game is at 1 p.m. ET from Ford Field.