QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Wed 11/20/19 4:50 PM

Stafford (back) did not practice Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford is considered week-to-week due to fractured bones in his back and appears on track to remain sidelined for a third straight contest Week 12. The veteran signal-caller is nursing a six-week injury, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, though he won't necessarily need to sit out for that entire length of time. In any case, Jeff Driskel is expected to continue suiting up under center as long as Stafford is unable to go.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Mon 11/18/19 4:18 PM

Coach Matt Patricia said Stafford remains "week-to-week" ahead of Sunday's game against the Redskins, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
It was previously revealed that Stafford has a six-week injury due to fractured bones in his back, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, although that doesn't mean the veteran signal-caller will sit out for the entire six weeks. Patricia's announcement Monday puts Stafford on track to miss a third straight game Week 12, so Jeff Driskel is expected to start under center against the Redskins.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/17/19 11:29 AM

The fractured bones in Stafford's back may be a six-week injury, Adam Schefter reports.
EDGE Analysis
That's not to say Stafford will sit out Sunday, plus the Lions' next four games, to reach the aforementioned threshold. Instead, he appears to be dealing with a fairly severe health concern. His return timetable has been unclear since the team discovered the broken bones in his back one day prior to his absence Week 10 at Chicago, ending his starting streak at 136 games. As long as Stafford is sidelined, Jeff Driskel will direct Detroit's offense.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Fri 11/15/19 1:18 PM

Coach Matt Patricia confirmed Stafford (back) won't be ready to play Sunday against the Cowboys, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Not this Sunday, no," Patricia said, when asked about the quarterback's status.
EDGE Analysis
Patricia said the team has a medical plan in place for Stafford to return, with the quarterback potentially getting back on the practice field later this month. Those comments doesn't sound overly promising for Stafford making it back in Week 12, and Week 13 might also be a challenge with the Lions working on a short schedule for Thanksgiving Day. That said, it's too early for any assumptions beyond the upcoming Sunday, when Jeff Driskel will get another start under center. The 26-year-old completed 27 of 46 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception in last week's 20-13 loss to the Bears, adding five carries for 37 yards.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Fri 11/15/19 11:26 AM

Coach Matt Patricia said he doesn't anticipate Stafford (back) will play Sunday against the Cowboys, Tori Petry of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Reports emerged last weekend suggesting Stafford would likely miss several games, but the quarterback's history of playing through significant injuries created some hope he might avoid a multi-game absence. Patricia's comments suggest that Stafford won't be able to rally in time for Sunday, putting Jeff Driskel on track for a second straight start. The Lions will reveal Stafford's official designation later Friday following their final practice of Week 11.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Thu 11/14/19 1:40 PM

Stafford (hip/back) was held out of Thursday's practice, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
EDGE Analysis
With back-to-back absences to kick off Week 11 prep, Stafford is trending in the wrong direction to make an appearance Sunday against the Cowboys. The Lions will hold one more session Friday, at which point they may make a decision on his availability. If Stafford misses a second straight game due to fractures in his back, he'll yield quarterback duties to Jeff Driskel.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Wed 11/13/19 1:36 PM

Stafford (back) didn't practice Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Prior to his surprise absence this past Sunday at Chicago, Stafford practiced in a limited capacity. Upon further examination of his back injury, though, multiple fractures were discovered, and he eventually was ruled out. After the contest, coach Matt Patricia said he considers Stafford "day by day, week by week," per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. If Wednesday's session is any indication -- Stafford didn't do much beyond some light throwing on the side -- he seems to be more on the week-to-week side of the equation. Another absence from Stafford in Week 11 against the Cowboys would thrust Jeff Driskel into a starting spot yet again.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Mon 11/11/19 9:52 AM

Stafford (back) is considered "day by day, week by week" by coach Matt Patricia going forward, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
A limited practice participant throughout last week, Stafford was planning to play in Sunday's eventual 20-13 loss to the Bears, but Patricia made the quarterback inactive after team doctors explained the risks of playing. The head coach said the decision was made Sunday morning, while a few players on the team claim they found out Saturday. Whatever the case, Stafford seems to be in danger of missing additional time while he recovers from multiple back fractures, starting with a Week 11 home game against the Cowboys. Replacement starter Jeff Driskel completed 27 of 46 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a Week 10 loss to Chicago.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/10/19 11:33 AM

Stafford (back) is officially inactive for Sunday's Week 10 tilt against the Bears.
EDGE Analysis
This merely confirms the fast developing news over the weekend that Stafford is dealing with multiple fractures in his back and could well miss multiple games. All of the Lions' skill-position players naturally will see a notable downgrade in their respective fantasy outlooks with Jeff Driskel taking over under center for Detroit.

QMatthew Stafford
QB LAR (11)
Sun 11/10/19 9:39 AM

A source told Adam Schefter that Stafford may miss "this week or three weeks" due to the fractures in his back.
EDGE Analysis
Limited during Week 10 prep, Stafford underwent additional testing in the meantime due to pain stemming from a back issue. The aforementioned broken bones were discovered, which will result in an absence of at least one game. The Lions have four games in the next 19 days, so this injury is arising at an inopportune time. While Stafford gets back to full health, the team will turn to Jeff Driskel to direct the offense.