The Detroit Lions missed starting quarterback Matthew Stafford during week 10’s loss to the Chicago Bears after he was declared out with a back injury.

There were hopes that he could return in the coming days, but NFL insider Ian Rapoport has put that in doubt.

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As he explained on Sunday morning, Stafford could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The cause of the potential absence is tiny, non-displaced fractures in the upper thoracic spine. 

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