Matthew Stafford out against Bears with broken back bones

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"We deactivated him this morning", Quinn said.

The narrative around Stafford's injuries does appear to have changed from earlier in the week.

November 10: Stafford is ruled out for the Bears game, as doctors want to perform further tests on his back.

Stafford is now considered week-to-week with an injury that one source said could sideline him for "this week or 3 weeks".

Looking past his first two seasons when he started just 13 games, the strong-armed 31-year-old gunslinger has been as tough as they come in the NFL.

Backup Jeff Driskel is expected to get the start in Detroit. While Stafford was able to get on the practice field, Rapoport notes that he's a real game-time decision.

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According to Schefter, some people are telling him not to play because of a back injury, "but he is hoping to try to play through the pain".

The injury is brutal for Detroit and Stafford, who is having one of the best seasons of his career. He passed for 291 yards and three touchdowns in that game.

Stafford has been a regular on the Lions' injury report since two days before the team's September 27 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, when he popped up with a hip injury that left him questionable to play in that weekend's game.

Stafford, 31, is fourth in the National Football League with 2,499 passing yards and ranks second with 19 touchdowns, trailing only Russell Wilson (22).

Asked about his status by local reporters on Wednesday, Stafford said, "I'm fine". He was officially listed as questionable on the injury report and practiced on a limited basis every day this past week.

His streak of 136 consecutive starts is second only to Philip Rivers (218 starts) among quarterbacks, and it's something he's taken huge pride in.

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