Lions QB Stafford's status vs. Bears in doubt


Stafford is not expected to play Sunday against the Bears, despite being listed as officially questionable for the game.

The Lions will hold QB Matt Stafford out of today's game against the Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Given the apparent seriousness of the injury, it's unclear when Stafford will be able to return to action.

Jeff Driskel is stepping in for Stafford. Driskel is making his sixth career start.

Stafford's starting streak was the second-longest active streak - Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has started 218 straight - and the sixth-longest of all-time by a quarterback, dating back to January 2, 2011. It dates back to the 2018 season, where he reportedly played through breaks - all while not missing a game. 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. It'll Increase to 219 next week when the Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

NFL Media noted that a big hit Stafford took in the Lions' Week 9 loss to the Raiders could have been the shot that made him unable to keep playing through the injury. "Something different, but I'm totally good". After doctors did extra tests on his back, they concluded he is no shape to play. However, in the week before the Bears game, Stafford was practicing through pain and telling reporters he was fine. On Sunday morning, multiple reports indicated that Stafford would be inactive in Chicago.