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Report: Matthew Stafford will not play vs. Bears

For the first time in 136 games, Stafford will not play.

Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

For the first time since 2010, the Detroit Lions will have a starting quarterback not named Matthew Stafford.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Stafford is not expected to play against the Chicago Bears because of his back injury suffered against the Oakland Raiders.

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.