Stafford To Miss Third Straight Game -- Is His Season Over For Good?

It would behoove the Lions to shut him down.

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November 22, 2019 - 11:43 am

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As expected, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will not play Sunday against the Redskins. 

Matt Patricia confirmed the news Friday morning. It will be Stafford's third straight absence due to fractured bones in his back, an injury he suffered late in Detroit's Week 9 loss to the Raiders. 

At this point, it's likely Stafford will miss the Thanksgiving game against the Bears, too. He hasn't practiced the last two weeks. There's a growing feeling, in fact, that Detroit could shut him down for the season. 

That's not in Stafford's plans, of course. He made it clear Wednesday that he has every intention to return before the end of the year.

"It’s tough for me to sit there without the pads on and not be able to impact the game on the field the way I’m used to doing. That’s driving me to get back out there. And whenever we all deem it’s the right time for me to be back out there, I’ll be back out there," he said. 

But even if Stafford gains clearance from doctors in the next few weeks, it may not behoove the Lions to put him back on the field. It's his second straight season dealing with a serious back injury, and Detroit is going nowhere in 2019. Some extra time to heal would do Stafford some good. 

Patricia acknowledged Wednesday that the team's record could eventually become a factor in the discussion. 

"For us, it’s probably a different conversation as you get closer toward the end of the season," he said. 

What's clear, at this point, is that backup Jeff Driskel will be under center for the Lions for the third game in a row. He's performed well so far, throwing three touchdowns to one pick and adding another score on the ground. 

Prior to his injury, Stafford had started 136 games in a row, the sixth longest streak ever by an NFL quarterback.