Lions' Matthew Stafford Out vs. Bears

How long has Matthew Stafford been? Injury chronology return date latest updates on Lions QB

By the time Sunday's games are over, sixteen of the league's 32 teams will have started at least two quarterbacks this season.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to sit out Sunday's game against the Bears, ending his run of 136 consecutive starts. 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. In case something happens to Driskel, David Blough will be his backup. Given the apparent seriousness of the injury, it's unclear when Stafford will be able to return to action.

The reasons, according to ESPN, were fractured bones in Stafford's back, an injury that reportedly dates back to a year ago.

Stafford, who is having arguably the best season of his career with personal bests in passer rating, TD percentage and adjusted yards per attempt, has been battling the injury since last season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

In order to keep his hot season going and set him up for later success, Stafford will have to play. According to ESPN, the game was nearly lost at the Lions' house against the Chiefs in Week 4 due to back pain. Yet in the week leading up to the Bears game, Stafford was practicing through the pain and telling reporters he was fine.

The next morning, Stafford evidently gave in to doctors' suggestions to get further testing done on his back. I know I can speak for all of us when I say it's always nice to beat the Bears. "Something different, but I'm totally good". It dates back to the 2018 season, where he reportedly played through breaks - all while not missing a game.