Stafford’s consecutive games streak ends due to fractured back

How long has Matthew Stafford been? Injury chronology return date latest updates on Lions QB

By the time Sunday's games are over, sixteen of the league's 32 teams will have started at least two quarterbacks this season.

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). They play in Washington against the Redskins in Week 12, and Week 13 brings their annual Thanksgiving day game, this year at home against the Bears.

According to ESPN, Stafford's injury could keep him out "this week (Week 10) or three weeks". In Week 4, versus the Kansas City Chiefs, he was questionable to play up until kickoff.

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.


Stafford nearly never misses time and has been an iron man in the league since an injury riddled 2010 season after his first year in the league. Stafford hasn't routinely been able to state his case as a Pro Bowl player, only making one of the games in his career in 2014. However, in the week before the Bears game, Stafford was practicing through pain and telling reporters he was fine.

"I'll be good to go", Stafford said Wednesday. "I'm not really anxious about that". After doctors did extra tests on his back, they concluded he is no shape to play.

Stafford's wife, Kelly, posted a tribute to her husband on Instagram on Sunday morning.

November 6: Stafford tells reporters he's "fine" and will be "good to go" against the Bears despite pain in his back.

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