Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford Expected to Miss Around 6 Weeks With Back Injury

Matthew Stafford with the Lions in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/Shutterstock

Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford made 136 consecutive starts in the NFL before sitting out Week 10 with a back injury. Stafford also missed Sunday’s game against Dallas Cowboys and according to ESPN, he could miss six more weeks.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Stafford played through several fractured bones in his back this season, and wanted to continue playing. However, the team doctors decided to deny him that, fearing that the injury might worsen.

Despite doctors saying that Stafford should sit six weeks, he could be back on the field earlier than this. Schefter cites sources close to the Lions’ organization, who said that the team expects the 31-year-old signal-caller to beat the odds and return within three weeks.

Matthew Stafford’s absence will probably end Detroit Lions’ hopes for a playoff spot. The team has now lost two games in the row with Stafford’s backup Jeff Driskel under center and is currently sitting last in NFC North with a 3-6-1 record.

Stafford has been playing really well in 2019, completing 64.5 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.