Lions’ Stafford out with hip and back issues



Stafford has played through the pain of back injuries before - he did it during the 2018 season - but the presence of actual broken bones appears to have put the kibosh on that.

Signed by the Lions in September, Driskel started five games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, completing 59.7 percent of his passes and throwing for six touchdowns.

The No. 1 overall pick in 2009, Stafford is on pace for a career year in his 11th season with the Lions.

Stafford, who is having arguably the best season of his career with personal bests in passer rating, TD percentage and adjusted yards per attempt, has been battling the injury since last season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

In order to keep his hot season going and set him up for later success, Stafford will have to play. They play in Washington against the Redskins in Week 12, and Week 13 brings their annual Action Day game of Thank you, this year at home against the Bears.

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The family was recently celebrated during an exhibition game between Albion and Michigan State at the Breslin Center. Michigan State, now ranked No. 1 in college basketball, is scheduled to play Binghamton on Sunday night.

NFL Media noted that a great success that Stafford received in the defeat of the Lions in Week 9 against the Raiders could have been the shot that made him unable to continue playing through the injury. In Week 4, versus the Kansas City Chiefs, he was questionable to play up until kickoff. Yet in the week leading up to the Bears game, Stafford was practicing through the pain and telling reporters he was fine.

"I'll be ready to go", Stafford said Wednesday.

Most agree the now watered down Pro Bowl is a poor litmus test for successful players, but Stafford could be heading for the game and potentially for an All-Pro nod as well if he keeps up his huge play so far this season. "I'm not really anxious about that. Something different, but I'm totally good".

Stafford's wife, Kelly, posted a tribute to her husband on Instagram on Sunday morning.

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