Per Adam Schefter, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has fractured bones in his back and doctors will not let him play against the Chicago Bears.
According to Schefter’s sources, it’s an injury that could sideline Stafford “this week or 3 weeks.”
Stafford has been an ironman since his injury-plagued first two seasons. He has the sixth longest quarterback start streak in NFL history with 136 — second longest active streak. But that will end today.
The concerning part is that Stafford was dealing with a similar injury last year as well. If you ask him, the injuries aren’t related, but it’s difficult not to wonder.
Stafford said he was “fine” just this past Wednesday as well. Obviously, he was downplaying or wasn’t fully aware the magnitude of the severity.
With the Lions season all but over, maybe it would be best for Stafford to sit out the rest of the season and make sure he is healthy for the future.
It will be interesting to see how the Lions will fare without Stafford. If I had to guess, it won’t be pretty.
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)