Stafford has been a regular on the Lions' injury report since two days before the team's September 27 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, when he popped up with a hip injury that left him questionable to play in that weekend's game. Stafford had started 136 consecutive regular-season games entering Sunday, the sixth-longest streak for a quarterback in National Football League history. The next closest was Joe Flacco with 122 consecutive starts.
Jeff Driskell is set to start in his place, the last Lions' QB to start a game other than Stafford was Shaun Hill, in Week 17 of the 2010 season. "I just want to be out there for the guys". He has battled through so much, so much more than anyone knows.
How long will Matthew Stafford be out?
"We deactivated him this morning", Quinn said. Practiced on limited all week, listed him as questionable.
The next morning, Stafford evidently gave in to doctors' suggestions to get further testing done on his back.
His injury was considered week-to-week, which a source told ESPN could mean "this week or 3 weeks".