Lions’ Matthew Stafford has no intention of sitting out the rest of the season
Matthew Stafford was forced to sit out of Sunday’s game for the Detroit Lions and isn’t fond of the idea of sitting out much longer. While speaking to the media, Stafford said that he has no intention of sitting out for the rest of the season per Jeff Riger.
Stafford has no thoughts of taking the rest of the year off to heal up and be ready for next season. pic.twitter.com/0luy8NQLDJ
— Jeff Riger (@riger1984) November 11, 2019
Throughout the majority of the season, the Lions’ veteran quarterback has been ailing with a back injury. After being able to practice in a limited fashion during the week, Detroit’s medical staff advised Stafford to sit in Week 10.
With Stafford on the sideline, Jeff Driskel got his first start in a Lions’ uniform. The Lions ended up losing the game to the Chicago Bears by the score 20-13. It’s worth mentioning that the outcome of the game would’ve been different had Stafford suited up.
By missing Sunday’s contest, Stafford’s consecutive starts in the NFL came to an abrupt end. Stafford had started in 136 consecutive games for the Lions, which was second among active quarterbacks.
The only quarterback in the NFL that has started in more games in a row is Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers. Rivers has started in 216 consecutive games and is still extending his streak.
Prior to Week 10, Stafford was on pace for arguably the best season of his 11-year career. Detroit’s franchise quarterback had 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Therefore, he was on pace to throw for 4,998 yards, 38 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Despite the Lions essentially being out of playoff contention, Stafford intends to play the remaining seven games on the team’s schedule.