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NFL Reviewing How the Lions Handled QB Matthew Stafford’s Injury

The NFL is looking into whether the Lions violated league protocol by listing quarterback Matthew Stafford as questionable on last week’s injury report, a league source told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Stafford practiced on a limited basis all of last week, but Lions coach Matt Patricia, general manager Bob Quinn and several players offered varying timelines of when they were told Stafford would not play in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Patricia and Quinn said the decision to sit Stafford was made Sunday morning, with Quinn specifying that it came after arriving at the stadium. Several players, however, said Patricia informed them of the decision “earlier in the day” Saturday.

A review is “standard” in situations like this, the source said.

Video: Lions Can’t Find Footing Minus Stafford, Fall to Bears 20-13

The Lions were up early without Matt Stafford, but in the end it wasn’t enough as they fell in Chicago to the Bears 20-13 to drop to 3-5-1.

Here’s the highlights:

NFL Week 10 Inactives – Lions vs Bears

Here’s today’s inactives for the Lions and Bears NFC North showdown in Chicago:

Detroit:

OG Beau Benzschawel
DE Da’Shawn Hand
CB Mike Jackson
LB Miles Killebrew
DE Romeo Okwara
QB Matthew Stafford
S Tracy Walker

Chicago:

DE Abdullah Anderson
OT Alex Bars
LB Isaiah Irving
WR Riley Ridley
TE Adam Shaheen
CB Duke Shelley
LB Josh Woods

QB Matthew Stafford to Miss Sunday’s Showdown with the Bears

A long streak of starts will come to a close Sunday for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the quarterback will be inactive for Sunday’s game in Chicago.

Stafford is expected to be inactive for the game due to back and hip injuries.

With Stafford on the bench, the Lions will go with backup Jeff Driskel as the starter at quarterback. Driskel is a former 49ers draft pick who the Lions inked in mid-September.

The streak for Stafford stands at 136, but today that should come to an end. It’s not known when he suffered the injury that will keep him out of the NFC North battle.

Stafford had an MRI on Friday, and the report said that he would not be cleared to play.

The Lions come into Sunday’s battle with the Bears at 3-4-1.

Video: NFL Week 10 Preview – Lions at Bears

Two teams looking to get back on track in the NFC North will do battle on Sunday, as the 3-4-1 Lions will take on the 3-5 Bears. Here’s a preview of the game.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford Questionable for Sunday’s Affair with the Bears

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s key NFC North divisional matchup against the Bears according to Detroitlions.com.

Stafford is dealing with hip and back issued but is fully expected to be under center on Sunday as he has not missed a regular season game since 2010.

He will face a Bears defense that has not been quite as dominant as the 2018 version but has still been stingy on a per-play basis.

Stafford is having one of the best seasons of his career with 2,499 yards, a 19-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ration, and a 64.3% completion rate but fantasy expectations should be tempered in Week 10.

Video: Stafford’s Big Day Not Enough as Raiders Top Lions 31-24

Matthew Stafford threw for over 400 yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Raiders were just too much for the Lions Sunday in a 41-34 win in Oakland.

Here’s the highlights from the loss which puts the Lions at 3-4-1.

Lions and LB Christian Jones Agree to Two-Year Extension

The Lions signed linebacker Christian Jones to a two-year contract extension. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Jones, 28, has started every game the past two seasons for the Lions and will play Sunday against the team his father was drafted by 30 years ago, the Oakland Raiders.

Jones, one of the Lions’ two big linebacker additions in 2018, finished fourth on the team with 69 tackles in 2018 and has two sacks among his 29 stops this year.