Lions' Matthew Stafford Out vs. Bears

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Nose guard Eddie Goldman, who played only 11 snaps in last week's loss in Philadelphia after suffering a thigh injury, was listed as questionable vs. the Lions but went from a non-participant in Wednesday's practice to full go Friday.

ESPN reported late Saturday night that Stafford "is being told by some" not to play due to the back injury, but that the quarterback "his hoping to try to play through the pain". Given the apparent seriousness of the injury, it's unclear when Stafford will be able to return to action. Brian Hoyer will get the start for the Colts against the Dolphins while Jeff Driskel will fill in for Stafford.

Stafford had been playing with back pain all season thanks to an injury that reportedly also bothered him previous year. He has not missed a game since the 2010 season when he played in just three games. However, a last-minute spot start against the Bears at Soldier Field figures to be a hard assignment, even with Chicago's defense not playing at the same level as years past. According to ESPN, the game was nearly lost at the Lions' house against the Chiefs in Week 4 due to back pain. After doctors did extra tests on his back, they concluded he is no shape to play.

Stafford was limited all week in practice and is officially listed as questionable, but he said Thursday that he's "fine" and would be "good to go" against the Bears. On Sunday morning, multiple reports indicated that Stafford would be inactive in Chicago.

November 9: ESPN reports Stafford is being told not to play against the Bears, but the QB wants to play through the pain of the back injury.

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