Lions' Matthew Stafford Out vs. Bears

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2019

Sunday morning's news that Matthew Stafford will not start at quarterback for the Lions due to a back injury means that three teams will be starting a new quarterback in Week 10. Before his injury, Stafford was maintaining career-highs in passer rating (106.0) and QBR (73.1) this season.

Rapoport says it will be a game-time decision. In Week 4, versus the Kansas City Chiefs, he was questionable to play up until kickoff.

Stafford nearly never misses time and has been an iron man in the league since an injury riddled 2010 season after his first year in the league.

Stafford had been playing through pain in his back all season thanks to an injury that reportedly bothered him previous year, too.

There is a possibility that the Lions shut Stafford down for the rest of 2019. The NFC West is the only division that has seen all four of its teams start the same quarterback in every game.

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"I'll be good to go", Stafford said Wednesday.

Most agree the now watered down Pro Bowl is a poor litmus test for successful players, but Stafford could be heading for the game and potentially for an All-Pro nod as well if he keeps up his huge play so far this season. "I'm not really anxious about it".

Stafford's wife, Kelly, posted a tribute to her husband on Instagram on Sunday morning.

November 6: Stafford tells reporters he's "fine" and will be "good to go" against the Bears despite pain in his back. ESPN reports that the injury could keep Stafford on the sidelines for one to three weeks.

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