Lions Rule Out QB Matthew Stafford

Stafford reportedly has broken bones in his back.

670 The Score Staff
November 10, 2019 - 11:07 am

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The Bears practiced this week preparing for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Then came a surprise Sunday morning not long before kickoff.

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The Lions ruled out Stafford after tests revealed broken bones in his back, according to reports. Jeff Driskel, Detroit's backup, will start at quarterback against the Bears.

Late last week, Stafford's status reportedly came into question as he practiced through pain. He was a limited participant in practice as recently as Friday and was officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game. The 31-year-old Stafford has started 136 consecutive games, last missing a contest during the 2010 season.

Driskel, 26, started five games last season with the Bengals, completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 1,003 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Cincinnati went 1-4 during Driskel's starts. The Lions signed Driskel to their roster in September. 

The Bears ruled out tight end Adam Shaheen. Their 2017 second-round pick is a healthy scratch.

Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is officially active after suffering a thigh injury during last Sunday's loss in Philadelphia. Goldman did not practice Wednesday, worked in a limited fashion Thursday and was a full participant during Friday's light work.

The Bears' inactives also include Isaiah Irving (quad), Abdullah Anderson, Duke Shelley, Josh Woods, Alex Bars and Riley Ridley.

Kickoff between the Bears (3-5) and Lions (3-4-1) comes at noon CT Sunday from Soldier Field.

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