For the first time since 2010, the Detroit Lions will have a starting quarterback not named Matthew Stafford.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has more information, saying that Stafford has broken bones in his back and doctors will not clear him.
Earlier in the week Stafford brushed off concern about his back, saying he was “fine” and not worried about it. But clearly the injury was worse than he was suggesting.
This will end Matthew Stafford’s iron man streak at 136 consecutive games started. It was the longest active streak among NFL quarterbacks. Just a few weeks ago, Stafford’s friend, Matt Ryan, saw his very own iron-man streak end.
Jeff Driskel is expected to start in Stafford’s place. The Lions added Driskel earlier this season and started five games for the Bengals last season.