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Lions QB Matthew Stafford ruled out vs. Washington

The Lions will have to rely upon Jeff Driskel for the third straight week.

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his third consecutive game because of his back injury. Lions head coach Matt Patricia confirmed on Friday morning that Stafford will not play this Sunday when Detroit heads to Washington.

“He won’t be on the game field, as far as that’s concerned,” Patricia said.

According to the most recent reports, Stafford is dealing with what is considered to be a six-week injury involving fractured bones in his back. The team found something troubling in a scan just prior to the Week 10 game against the Chicago Bears, and Stafford has not played nor practiced since.

Although Stafford will not be on the playing field, Patricia confirmed he will be traveling with the team to Washington. For backup-turned-starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, Stafford’s presence has been important to him on gameday.

“He’s in my ear, in a good way,” Driskel said this week. “He’s bouncing things off of me, and any advice that I can get from him is more than welcome because he’s done it at a high level for a long time. (He’s) the leader of this team. Even though he hasn’t been out there for the last couple of weeks, he’s still trying to do everything he can to win games.”

The rest of the Lions’ injury report should be out around 4 p.m. ET on Friday.