Matthew Stafford Could Miss Six Weeks

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has fractured bones in his back, and as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com writes, the injury could keep Stafford sidelined for six more weeks.

Schefter says Stafford will not necessarily miss the next six games, but the fact that it’s a six-week injury underscores just how much pain Stafford was playing through before team doctors shut him down for last week’s game against the Bears. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also hears that the 2009 No. 1 overall pick could miss an additional six games, though the plan is for him to have another scan this week to get a more accurate timeline. Per Rapoport, there is a chance Stafford could return for next week’s matchup against the Redskins, but that doesn’t sound particularly likely.

What neither Schefter nor Rapoport say is that the Lions could choose to keep Stafford sidelined for the rest of the year if Detroit’s playoff hopes continue to fade. The Lions are currently 3-5-1 and are in last place in the NFC North, so even with a healthy Stafford, the club would be a longshot to qualify for the postseason. Assuming Detroit can’t make up any ground with Jeff Driskel under center, the team would be wise to not jeopardize Stafford’s long-term health for no reason.

Of course, head coach Matt Patricia could be on the hot seat, so he doubtlessly wants Stafford to return as quickly as possible. But considering how well Stafford has played this year even with the injury, preserving him for 2020 may be in the team’s best interests.

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7 comments on “Matthew Stafford Could Miss Six Weeks

  1. JJB0811

    Time for a new QB in Detroit. Matt has tried about as hard as anyone to lift that franchise. Didn’t move it an inch. Not 1 playoff appearance during his time. The next guy will have about the same about of luck as Matt though.

    • diller1340

      The lions would be much better keeping Stafford around, he is not the problem with the team. And he has made the playoffs 3 times so I don’t know what your talking about

    • dugdog83

      I think you meant not 1 playoff win during his time.

      He’s 0-3 career in the playoffs.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    If Patricia is on the hot seat then I can only surmise that Nagy is ‘extra crispy’.

    • greg7274

      Nagy had no part in drafting trubisky no2 overall. I think hes safe, for now.

  3. DannyQ3913

    Considering everything his wife has gone through he needs to sit and heal

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