Matthew Stafford may not start Sunday's game against the Bears

BREAKING: Lions QB Matthew Stafford Has Fractured Bones In Back, Will Not Play Against Bears

Stafford is said to have fractured bones in his back and has been sidelined as "doctors wanted him to have further testing", per ESPN. Stafford banged hands with Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd in the first quarter of that game, and played the rest of the way with a glove on his hand.

Now we have conflicting reports on the severity of Stafford's back and hip injuries, and the extent of how questionable he is for Sunday.

Ryan's streak of 154 consecutive starts came to an end last month because of an ankle injury. Got to the stadium this morning, met with the doctors and wasn't medically cleared to play today so he's deactivated.

The Lions have listed Stafford on their injury report as questionable five times going back to last season, including twice this year - once before the game against the Chiefs in Week 4, and this week. According to ESPN, he almost missed the Lions' home game against the Chiefs in Week 4 due to the pain in his back.

In 2016, Stafford tore ligaments in the middle finger on his right (throwing) hand during a 20-17 win over the Bears and stayed on the field to lead the Lions' comeback.

Asked about his status by local reporters on Wednesday, Stafford said, "I'm fine". I'm not really anxious about it.

That Saturday, ESPN reported Stafford was being told not to play against the Bears, but he was hoping to play through the pain like always.

That streak may be in doubt Sunday against the Chicago Bears as Stafford deals with a back injury.

November 6: Stafford tells reporters he's "fine" and will be "good to go" against the Bears despite pain in his back.



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