Joining Stafford on Detroit's inactive list today are: Safety Tracy Walker (knee), defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand (ankle), safety Miles Killebrew (concussion), defensive end Romeo Okwara (groin), guard Beau Benzschawel (healthy scratch) and cornerback Michael Jackson (healthy scratch).
Matthew Stafford's back injury may be more severe than previously perceived.
Stafford is now considered week-to-week.
NFL Network reported during the day that there was concern about Stafford's status as he battles hip and back injuries, saying he "could be a real game-time decision". "Stafford had started 136 consecutive regular-season games entering Sunday, the sixth-longest streak for a quarterback in National Football League history".
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I hope he can get it together for 2020 because if I can pick a player that I think that can make it, then it would be Sascha.
Obviously, the major hurdle for him moving forward will be finding a way to get cleared by the medical staff for any type of return in the month of November with this news.
Though a participant in Friday's practice, Stafford's, 31, season could now be in jeopardy. This could have Stafford on track to miss games through Thanksgiving for the Lions. In Week 4, versus the Kansas City Chiefs, he was questionable to play up until kickoff. Considering the back injury is an ailment that has hindered him for the last two seasons, Detroit would be wise to play it with extreme caution.
Jeff Driskel is stepping in for Stafford. Driskel is making his sixth career start.
The Lions quarterback has put up some fine numbers in 2019. He has thrown for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games.