Matthew Stafford ruled out for third straight week

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Neither the Lions nor quarterback Matthew Stafford have said anything about Stafford missing the rest of the regular season, but the idea of shutting him down because of a back injury is going to remain on the table for the near future.

The Lions have ruled Stafford out of Sunday’s game against Washington. It is the third straight game that Stafford has missed after running up a streak of 136 consecutive starts for Detroit.

Stafford said this week that there’s no firm timeline for his recovery and that the team’s fading playoff hopes wouldn’t factor into his decision about returning to play this season.

Jeff Driskel will start again for the Lions with David Blough serving as his backup. The Lions will be back on the field on Thanksgiving and Stafford’s lack of practice time would seem to make it likely that he’ll run his streak of missed starts to four next Thursday.

23 responses to “Matthew Stafford ruled out for third straight week

  1. If this guy doesn’t play on Thanksgiving, it will be a shame. It seems like he really gets up for those games. Fortunately it’s the Bears so even Jeff Driskell should be able to take them down at home with more than one day heads up that he’ll be starting

  2. cafetero1075 says:
    November 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    Most overpaid QB in history? Or Bradford?

    Flacco

  3. If this guy doesn’t play on Thanksgiving, it will be a shame. It seems like he really gets up for those games.

    He’s 4-and-6 on Thanksgiving.

  4. Is Stafford suffering from the same broken back bones that ultimately made Romo retire?

    Feel bad for Stafford if so, but it does open the doors for the Lions to move on from a QB,as like Romo for Dallas,that is good enough to play but never great enough to get the team to go anywhere.

  5. the LIONS. the LIONS are 4-6 on Thanksgiving lately. Stafford is not the problem

    Matthew Stafford needs 120 passing yards to surpass Tony Romo for the most career passing yards in Thanksgiving Day games since the 1970 merger (Romo 2,338, Stafford 2,219). Stafford has averaged 317.0 passing yards per game on Thanksgiving

  6. Best move for the Lions…….trade Stafford and start fresh. Lose out, draft a new QB and forge a new path

    Do they need a bigger sample size than 11 years without a playoff win?

  7. It’s hard to believe the Lions let him practice and tried to start him the first week after this injury.

    Thank god for the team doctors or Patricia would’ve rolled him out there.

  8. Stafford has averaged 317.0 passing yards per game on Thanksgiving

    In his career, he’s averaged 275 a game. That 40 extra yards…..woooo doggy!

  9. Matt was having a good year but don’t forget those bad year’s he had. Sit him out and draft a QB and trade Matt.

  10. Stafford is a good dude and a class act however it’s time for a change of scenery. 10 years and no playoff wins is enough of a sample size to know what we have. A better than average quarterback with a team that can’t run and can’t stop the run.

  11. The Bears will easily complete their the second consecutive sweep of the Lions on Thanksgiving.

    Mack is going keep Stafford sidelined. My Raiders got fleeced in the Mack trade, but I still enjoy watching him sack Stafford on Thanksgiving (like last year), but probably won’t get that opportunity this Thanksgiving because Stafford is most likely done for the season and possibly his career. The Lions are such a dumpster fire.

  12. The Bears will easily complete their the second consecutive sweep of the Lions on Thanksgiving.

    Mack is going to keep Stafford sidelined. My Raiders got fleeced in the Mack trade, but I still enjoy watching him sack Stafford on Thanksgiving (like last year), but probably won’t get that opportunity this Thanksgiving because Stafford is most likely done for the season and possibly his career. The Lions are such a dumpster fire.

  13. I think ultimately that you have to look at what’s best for the franchise. Having Stafford in may generate better ratings. But this is an opportunity to evaluate the depth chart. Plus at this point of season they may want to start looking at their draft position. Staffords health going forward should be key.

  14. Stafford is the best Lions QB in the modern era. I am concerned that he will retire in his prime like Barry and Calvin. Maybe they should trade him before he does something like that.

  15. Take the decision out of his hands and IR him now! Absolutely zero benefits to him or the franchise for playing another down this season. Take a break and get healthy #9!

  16. @golions1 — That’s not saying much. Lions history at QB the 40 year’s prior to Matt has been abysmal.

  17. Air Sketch says:
    November 23, 2019 at 1:24 am

    @golions1 — That’s not saying much. Lions history at QB the 40 year’s prior to Matt has been abysmal.

    ______________________

    The Lions are the most dismal team in the history of the NFL. The have been run into the ground just like the city of Detroit from piss poor dem leadership.

    Six decades of losing seasons, Stafford is 1/6th of that track record of failure.

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