Matthew Stafford
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Mon 12/30/19 3:49 PM

Stafford (back/hip) said Monday that he'll be back to full health for the start of the Lions' offseason program in April, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was sidelined for the Lions' final eight games of the season after fracturing multiple bones in his back in a Nov. 3 loss to the Raiders. The quarterback said he's "pretty close to being back to normal" and won't require offseason surgery for his back or a lingering hip issue, putting him on pace to enter the 2020 campaign with few restrictions. Prior to getting shut down, the 31-year-old looked on his way to turning in the best season of his career, as he completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 8.6 yards per attempt and a 19:5 TD:INT through his eight starts.

Matthew Stafford
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Fri 12/27/19 2:59 PM

Stafford (back/hip) agreed to convert a $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
The agreement clears up $4.8 million in 2020 cap space for the Lions, allowing for a bit more room to maneuver. Stafford is closing out the year on injured reserve but should be healthy long before training camp. Most of Detroit's key contributors on offense are under contract for at least one more year, with slot receiver Danny Amendola and starting right guard Graham Glasgow the notable exceptions.

Matthew Stafford
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Tue 12/17/19 4:16 PM

The Lions placed Stafford (back/hip) on injured reserve Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford had been sidelined for each of the past six games with multiple fractures in his back in addition to a minor hip issue, but he maintained hope he would be able to make it back into action before the season ended. The typically durable veteran ultimately wasn't able to heal as quickly as he anticipated, prompting the Lions to shut him down for their final two games. With top understudy Jeff Driskel (hamstring) having previously moved to IR, the Lions will turn to David Blough and Kyle Sloter as their quarterbacks for the remainder of the season.

Matthew Stafford
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Fri 12/13/19 4:14 PM

Stafford (back/hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford will be inactive for a sixth consecutive week while recovering from multiple fractures in his back in addition to a more minor hip concern. With the 3-9-1 Lions eliminated from postseason contention, Stafford looks like a longshot to play in either of Detroit's final two contests, especially after coach Matt Patricia was noncommittal about the quarterback's availability the rest of the way when he discussed the matter Friday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Undrafted rookie David Blough will pick up another start under center in place of Stafford in Week 15.

Matthew Stafford
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Wed 12/11/19 5:58 PM

Stafford (hip/back) didn't take part in Wednesday's walkthrough.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford hasn't played or practiced since fractures were discovered in his back prior to a Week 10 game in Chicago. Last Wednesday, Stafford told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the injury is healing "as it should," and he expects to suit up when he's cleared to do so, whether it's in one of the final three games of this season or in 2020. While Stafford remains embedded in rehab, the Lions will roll with David Blough under center, with Kyle Sloter the backup QB due to Jeff Driskel's (hamstring) presence on IR.

Matthew Stafford
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Sat 12/7/19 2:34 PM

While it's unlikely Stafford (back/hip) will play again in 2019, his fractured back is healing "as it should" and the injury is not a long-term concern, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "It's something that was kind of a freak deal that happened and obviously got to take it in stride and listen to the doctors, my body, coaches, everybody, kind of figure out what's best," Stafford said Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
Head coach Matt Patricia said earlier this week that Stafford hasn't been placed on injured reserve "out of respect for Matthew and his competitiveness," but it seems unlikely the franchise QB will return to action this season given Stafford's history with back injuries and the fact the Lions have already fallen out of playoff contention. David Blough therefore seems likely to continue on as Detroit's interim signal caller and it will be hard to trust any of the Lions skill players to consistently produce down the stretch.

Matthew Stafford
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Fri 12/6/19 3:08 PM

Stafford (back/hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford still hasn't returned to practice but hopes to avoid injured reserve. His hip injury is believed to be far less of an issue than the fractures in his back. David Blough will get the Week 14 start.

Matthew Stafford
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Thu 12/5/19 4:37 PM

Stafford (back/hip) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice.
EDGE Analysis
Though he's listed with two injuries on the Lions' official report, the multiple fractured bones in Stafford's back remain his primary concern at this juncture. Stafford hasn't given up hope on playing again this season, but he'll almost certainly be in store for a fifth straight absence Week 14 in Minnesota. David Blough will work as the Lions' starting quarterback until Stafford is deemed ready to reclaim those duties.

Matthew Stafford
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Wed 12/4/19 4:15 PM

Stafford (back/hip) did not practice Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford hasn't practiced in any capacity over the last four weeks while nursing fractured bones in his back, and he should still be considered week-to-week. The veteran signal-caller is keeping the door open on a potential late-season return, but his chances of suiting up against the Vikings on Sunday are looking slim at best. With Jeff Driskel (hamstring) now on IR, the Lions will roll with David Blough under center as long as Stafford is unable to go. Kyle Sloter will serve as the team's backup.

Matthew Stafford
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Mon 12/2/19 3:12 PM

Coach Matt Patricia said Stafford (back/hip) remains "week-to-week," Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford has missed four consecutive contests due to fractures in his back and has four more chances to return to the field before season's end. As Patricia told Birkett, the Lions are "going to keep that door open" for Stafford to be active again "out of respect for Matthew and his competitiveness." While they likely won't risk the health of their franchise quarterback, the Lions have already used two different QBs during Stafford's absence. With Jeff Driskel (hamstring) moving to IR this past weekend, David Blough is expected to start his second game in a row Sunday against the Vikings, while Kyle Sloter was plucked from the Cardinals' practice squad to serve as the backup.