Docs just lately instructed Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford that the fractured bones in his again are a six-week damage, league sources instructed ESPN.

This doesn’t suggest Stafford will probably be sidelined six video games, but it surely does present a glimpse into the severity of the damage that he has performed by earlier than the Lions’ medical doctors denied him from taking part in final week in opposition to the Chicago Bears and Sunday in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, in keeping with a supply.

Stafford will miss his second straight sport Sunday, and the Lions nonetheless are not sure when he’ll be capable to return. Final week, a supply instructed ESPN that Stafford “might miss one week, he might miss three weeks.”

However Detroit additionally is aware of that the sort of damage would sideline most gamers six weeks, if not longer. It’s one other testomony to Stafford’s toughness; he had began 136 straight video games earlier than final week’s absence, the sixth-longest streak for a quarterback in NFL historical past.

Earlier than final week, the final Lions quarterback to start out a sport apart from Stafford was Shaun Hill in Week 17 of the 2010 season.

Stafford has accomplished 64.3% of his passes for two,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season. Earlier this yr, he grew to become the quickest quarterback in NFL historical past to surpass 40,000 passing yards.

Stafford’s present backup, Jeff Driskel, was unable to rally Detroit to a victory in Chicago, however he’ll get one other alternative Sunday in opposition to Dallas, and he might effectively be getting extra within the weeks to return.