Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been dominated out of Sunday’s sport towards the Chicago Bears with fractured bones in his again and group docs will not let him play, sources informed ESPN and NFL Community.
Trying previous his first two seasons when he began simply 13 video games, the strong-armed 31-year-old gunslinger has been as powerful as they arrive within the NFL.
He began a team-record 136 consecutive regular-season video games, which till this Sunday was the 2nd-longest energetic begin streak within the NFL behind Philip Rivers.
He additionally held the Sixth-longest all-time begin streak behind Brett Favre, Rivers, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan. The subsequent closest was Joe Flacco with 122 consecutive begins.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford dropping again to go through the first half of the group’s NFL preseason soccer sport towards the Buffalo Payments in Detroit this previous August. (AP Picture/Rick Osentoski, File)
Kelly Stafford, Matthew’s spouse, confirmed the report of him lacking Sunday’s begin on Instagram that morning.
“I do not suppose there’s something this man hates greater than to not be on the market battling together with his guys. These males work so exhausting all yr lengthy.. it is powerful to sideline them,” mentioned Kelly, who has been recovering from mind tumor surgical procedure. “So I am grateful for our group docs. He has battled by means of a lot, a lot greater than anybody is aware of. I am extremely proud to be his spouse, he is the hardest SOB.. however I am pleased his physique will get just a little therapeutic time.”
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford together with his spouse, Kelly, in 2015.
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She added: “i do know I can converse for all of us after I say it is all the time good to beat the bears! Let’s go!”
Earlier than Sunday’s sport, Lions basic supervisor Bob Quinn made a quick assertion about Stafford however declined extra questions, based on ESPN.
“We deactivated him this morning,” Quinn mentioned. “Had the again damage final week close to the tip of the Oakland sport. Practiced on restricted all week, listed him as questionable. Bought to the stadium this morning, met with the docs and wasn’t medically cleared to play right now so he is deactivated. In order that’s it.”
His damage was thought-about week-to-week, which a supply informed ESPN may imply “this week or three weeks.”
Stafford practiced on Friday, the place he was seen throwing 60-yard passes, however docs needed him to bear extra testing on the again, the outlet reported. When requested about his injured again on Wednesday, Stafford declared it was “high-quality.”
His again damage dated again to final yr when it reportedly was damaged, nonetheless, this season it is gotten a lot worse – to the purpose the place he almost missed the group’s last-minute loss towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in Week 4.
Changing Stafford: Jeff Driskel, who began 5 video games for the Cincinnati Bengals final season and made his sixth profession begin Sunday.