Lions QB Stafford's status vs. Bears in doubt

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Given the apparent seriousness of the injury, it's unclear when Stafford will be able to return to action.

Shortly after Stafford's status was announced for the Bears Week 10 game, Stafford Kelly's wife wrote in an Instagram post, "I am happy that your body recovers a bit".

The Lions will hold QB Matt Stafford out of today's game against the Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Stafford hasn't missed a game since 2010, but this week he'll have to watch backup Jeff Driskel start in his place.

Stafford has been on the injury report since Week 4 with a hip issue, but he had only been limited in one practice - back on September 27 - until this week, when the back injury also popped up.

Stafford was listed as limited in practice earlier in the week because of hip/back issues. With this injury, he will not play in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, as the doctors won't let him.

NFL Media noted that a big hit Stafford took in the Lions' Week 9 loss to the Raiders could have been the shot that made him unable to keep playing through the injury. He had been listed as questionable on the injury report and was practicing through the week while hoping to play through the pain.

In order to keep his hot season going and set him up for later success, Stafford will have to play.

"It means a lot, obviously", Stafford said. "I'm not really anxious about it. Something different, but I'm totally fine". On Sunday morning, multiple reports indicated that Stafford would be inactive in Chicago.

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

November 6th: Stafford tells reporters that he is "good, quot; and that he will be "good, quot; against the Bears despite the pain in his back".