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Reports: Matthew Stafford has ‘6-week injury,’ could be back sooner

Stafford’s injury may be a little more serious than originally speculated.

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Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia has not given any indication as to when the team will get the services of quarterback Matthew Stafford back again after the veteran passer suffered a back injury against the Chicago Bears. Choosing to keep his medical information private, Patricia has simply called his situation both day-to-day and week-to-week.

However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter provided a little more clarity on Sunday morning.

“Doctors recently told Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford that the fractured bones in his back are a six-week injury,” Schefter reported.

However, the ESPN reporter noted that Stafford may not be sidelined that entire time, simply that the severity of his injury typically takes six weeks to recover.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided even more detail on the nature of the injury.

“My report on #Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who could be out as much as 6 weeks because of tiny, non-displaced fractures in the upper thoracic spine,” Rapoport tweeted Sunday morning.

This appears to be a different injury than what many speculated was a transverse fracture in his back, which is the injury Stafford played through last year and was speculated to only sideline him for a few games this season.

With the Lions quickly falling out of the playoff race, the Lions will have an interesting choice on their hands. Is it worth it to return Stafford to the lineup at all at this point?