Matthew Stafford won't play vs. Bears because of fractured bones in back


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CHICAGO — Matthew Stafford’s starting streak is coming to an end.

The Detroit Lions quarterback was declared inactive for today’s game against the Chicago Bears because of a back injury.

According to ESPN, Stafford has “fractured bones in his back” and has not been cleared to play by team doctors.

Last year, Stafford played through a fractured process — the bony projection off each vertebrae — in his back. He said Wednesday his most recent injury is not related to that injury.

Stafford suffered this injury when he was hit in the upper back while scrambling in last week’s loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Jeff Driskel is expected to start at quarterback for the Lions, with David Blough as a backup.

Matthew Stafford leaves the field after the Detroit Lions won 18-13 over the Oakland Raiders at Ford Field, Nov. 22, 2015. (Photo: Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports)

Driskel, the subject of interest from at least one team at last month’s trade deadline, made five starts for the Cincinnati Bengals last year, completing 59.7% of his passes and throwing six touchdown passes against two interceptions.

The Lions signed Driskel in September,…

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