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Lions QB Matthew Stafford sits out Thursday’s practice

After missing last week with a back injury, it looks like Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will remain on the bench for the Week 11 tilt against the Dallas Cowboys, per Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. Stafford has not practiced this week as he recovers from the broken bones in his back.

Without Stafford last week, Jeff Driskel went 27-of-46 for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a loss to the Chicago Bears.

Stafford’s injury has been yet another blow to a Lions season that was once filled with promise, only to turn to disappointment. Detroit started the season 2-0-1 before a devastating 34-30 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game, Stafford threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Heartbreak followed the Lions in a close 23-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Detroit now sits at 3-5-1 and last in the NFC North, though with an easier final part to the season with games against the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.

Stafford once again was having a successful statistical season before missing his first game since 2010, throwing for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five touchdowns. In 11 seasons with the Lions, Stafford has thrown for 41,025 yards, 256 touchdowns and 134 interceptions.

It will be a tough matchup for Driskel and the Lions against a Dallas Cowboys defense that only allows 219.8 passing yards per game, which is sixth-best in the entire league.

While Detroit is a long shot for the postseason, the hope is Stafford can come back healthy and be prolific again in 2020.