Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had another injury added to the report this week, as he’s dealing with a back issue combined with the hip issues that has lingered for most of the season. Stafford suffered the back injury after taking a hit against the Oakland Raiders on a scramble play.
Earlier in the week, Stafford heavily downplayed the injury, even though he was limited on the practice report for all three sessions.
“No, I’m fine,” Stafford said on Wednesday. “I’ll be good to go. I’m not really worried about it. Something different, but I’m totally good.”
However, a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport suggests Stafford’s 136-consecutive start streak is in a little more danger than Stafford is suggesting. According to Rapoport, “there is concern” about Stafford’s injuries and says he “could be a real game-time decision.”
Of course, Rapoport hasn’t exactly had the most reliable of sources when it comes to Lions injuries. But this is still obviously something to keep a close eye on. Stafford has played through an endless amount of injuries throughout his career, so it seems unlikely he’d sit because of an injury he brushed off a few days ago. That being said, back and hip injuries tend to be tricky can certainly flare up at odd times.
In case you need a reminder, this team’s current backup is Jeff Driskel, who most recently threw an NFL pass in a regular season game last December. The Lions do have a third quarterback on their roster in David Blough, as well.
In better news, the Lions will not have to rely on a backup punter this week. Detroit released punter Matt Wile from the practice squad on Saturday afternoon, suggesting that starting punter Sam Martin will play despite dealing with an abdominal injury.