They waited as long as they could, but with injuries mounting elsewhere and time running out for him to return this season, the Detroit Lions officially brought an end to Matthew Stafford’s season on Tuesday.
The Lions placed Stafford on season-ending injured reserve a little more than six weeks after he fractured bones in his back in a Nov. 3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
The Lions were leaving the door open for Stafford to come back and play this season, despite being out of the playoff picture. Stafford was having a nice season before getting hurt, he threw for 2,499 yards and 19 TDs over the first eight games. They lost all six games without Stafford under center.
DET QB Matthew Stafford - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 11 vs. Dallas Cowboys
After missing last week due to broken bones in his back, Matthew Stafford is hoping to be back on the field Sunday at home versus the Cowboys. Before the absence he'd been on a roll, tossing for at least three scores in three straight games, also throwing for a minimum of 342 yards during that span. Dallas owns the sixth-best pass defense, allowing less than 220 yards per game through the air, but if Stafford is cleared to play he should be your starting QB.