Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was a late scratch for today’s game against the Chicago Bears. Stafford is reportedly dealing with fractured bones in his back.
Since entering the NFL in 2009, Stafford has been incredibly durable. Before today, he had started 136 consecutive games.
Now, this injury could wind up sidelining him 1-to-3 weeks.
“I don’t think there is anything this man hates more than to not be out there battling with his guys,” Stafford’s wife Kelly wrote on Instagram. “These men work so hard all year long…it’s tough to sideline them. So I’m grateful for our team docs. He has battled through so much, so much more than anyone knows. I’m incredibly proud to be his wife, he’s the toughest SOB, but I’m happy his body will get a little healing time.”
Moments ago, Lions GM Bob Quinn shed some light on Stafford’s situation.
Bob Quinn on Stafford: “Had the back injury last week near the end of the Oakland game. Practiced on limited all week. Listed him as questionable. Got to the stadium this morning, met with the doctors, and he wasn’t medically cleared to play today. So, he’s deactivated."
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 10, 2019
What makes this news about Stafford even more cruel is through eight games, he’s having one of the best seasons of his career. Detroit is just 3-4-1 but not because of their starting quarterback.
Thus far, Stafford has thrown for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Lions and Bears will kick off at 1 p.m. ET today.