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Matthew Stafford out Sunday versus Cowboys

Matthew Stafford

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s matchup.

Head coach Matt Patricia said in a press conference Friday that there is no scenario where Stafford plays. NFL’s Ian Rapoport confirmed his status on Twitter after the conference.

Stafford missed last week’s game against the division rival Chicago Bears. Former Cincinnati backup Jeff Driskel filled in as the Lions lost the game 20-13. This loss dropped them to 3-5-1 on the season, earning them last place in the NFC North.

In Stafford’s absence, Driskel managed to throw for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed five times for 37 yards.

Before going down with a back injury, Stafford had thrown for 2,499 yards and 19 touchdowns. That is good for an average of 312 yards per game. He has also only thrown five interceptions. In his only Pro Bowl year, he had 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, throwing for 4,257 yards.

Driskel will get the start again on Sunday against the 5-4 Dallas Cowboys who are clinging to first place in the NFC East.

Featured Image courtesy of Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

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