Doctors recently told Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford that a bone fracture in his back was a six-week injury, league sources told ESPN. a glance at the severity of the injury he played before Lions doctors refused to play him last week against the Chicago Bears and Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, according to a source.
The missord will miss his second straight game Sunday, and the Lions are still unsure of when he will return. Last week, a source told ESPN that Stafford "could miss a week, he could miss three weeks."
But Detroit also knew that this type of injury would sideline most players for six weeks, if not longer. This is another testament to Stafford's stubbornness; He started 136 straight games before last week's loss, the sixth longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history.
Prior to last week, the last Lions quarterback to start a game other than Stafford was Shaun Hill in Week 17 of the 2010 season. Earlier this year, he became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to exceed 40,000 passing yards. he'll get better in the coming weeks.