Last year, Stafford played through a fractured process - the bony projection off each vertebrae - in his back.
There is no question about it that Matthew Stafford has given the Detroit Lions and their fans EVERYTHING he can over the years. He had been listed as questionable on the injury report and was practicing through the week while hoping to play through the pain.
Ryan's streak of 154 consecutive starts came to an end last month because of an ankle injury. Got to the stadium this morning, met with the doctors and wasn't medically cleared to play today so he's deactivated.
Stafford has started every game over the last eight-plus seasons, since missing most of the 2010 season with a shoulder injury.
NFL Media noted that a big hit Stafford took in the Lions' Week 9 loss to the Raiders could have been the shot that made him unable to keep playing through the injury.
"I'll be good to go", Stafford said Wednesday.
"I'll be good to go", Stafford said.
His injury was considered week-to-week, which a source told ESPN could mean "this week or 3 weeks".