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Lions QB Matthew Stafford expected to play in Week 15 vs. Bills

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is expected to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills despite a back injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Stafford originally hurt his back in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Rams. But despite dealing with the back injury for most of practice, he still played through the pain in last week’s win over the Arizona Cardinals. Stafford also said recently that he plans on playing with the injury once again this week.

Stafford played in last week’s 17-3 win over the Cardinals, but he was clearly limited as evidenced by his subpar numbers. He completed 15 of his 23 pass attempts for just 101 yards — his lowest since 2010 — with no touchdowns.

While the 5-8 Lions have no more shot at making the playoffs this season, Stafford seems determined to keep his impressive consecutive starts streak going. He has not missed a game since the 2011 season and his current streak of 125 straight regular-season starts is the third-longest active streak among quarterbacks and the sixth-longest all-time.

Stafford has not had a particularly impressive season this year. He has thrown for just 3,187 yards and is on pace to not reach 4,000 passing yards for the first time since his injury-shortened year in 2010. He’s also thrown a mere 18 touchdown passes, which is a disappointing number given his past production.

The best Stafford and the Lions can do now is end the season on a high note. After the Bills, Detroit finishes the campaign at home against the Minnesota Vikings and at Lambeau against the Green Bay Packers.