Matthew Stafford may not start Sunday's game against the Bears

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford carried a streak of 136 consecutive regular-season starts into Sunday's game against the Bears.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions QB has fractured bones in his back and now is considered week to week.

An insider also noted the injury could keep Stafford out for "this week or 3 weeks". The backup QB is Jeff Driskel.

The Lions signed Driskel in September, after he was waived-injured by the Cincinnati Bengals, and acquired Blough in an August trade with the Cleveland Browns. I'm not really anxious about it.

Before he was ruled out for the Chicago game in Week 10, Stafford had been listed as questionable on Detroit's injury report five times dating back to last season.

"I'll be good to go", Stafford said.

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Stafford's consecutive games started streak was the second-longest active streak among quarterbacks behind Philip Rivers' 218 and trails only Brett Favre (297), Rivers, Eli Manning (210), Peyton Manning (208) and Matt Ryan (163) on the all-time list.

"It means a lot, obviously", Stafford said last week. "Had the back injury last week near the end of the Oakland game".

What is Matthew Stafford's injury? Yet in the week leading up to the Bears game, Stafford was practicing through the pain and telling reporters he was fine.

That streak may be in doubt Sunday against the Chicago Bears as Stafford deals with a back injury.

He had an MRI on Friday, and the determination was made over the last few days that Stafford would not be cleared to play.

Stafford's last missed start came 3,234 days ago, on January 2, 2011.

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