The Detroit Lions compete against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and Free Press sports journalists Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez break it all.
Carlos Monarrez and Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Matthew Stafford's back injury is worse than that of the Detroit Lions.

While Lions coach Matt Patricia Stafford called "day by day" and "week by week," ESPN reported that doctors Stafford had said he would stay away from the Dallas Cowboys for Sunday's second consecutive game on Sunday have, he is dealing with a "six-week injury".

Stafford suffered in the fourth game broken bones in the back quarter of the defeat in the ninth week against the Oakland Raiders.

Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford watches from the sideline during a warm-up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago on Sunday, November 10, 2019. (Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

The following week he practiced only to a limited extent, but was sent to test late in the week. At that time, the doctors found that it was not safe for him to play in a stadium game in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears.

Stafford, who did not train last week, had a broken cross-process at the end of last season. He said that this year's injury was different and had nothing to do with last year's injury.

A number of NFL quarterbacks have been hurting their backs in recent seasons.

Dallas Cowboys' former quarterback Tony Romo suffered a compression fracture in his back In the preseason of 2016, he missed 10 weeks. Dak Prescott replaced Romo as a starter during the injury and never gave up the job.

Cam Newton suffered two cross-process fractures in a car accident in 2014, missed a game with the injuries and returned for the last two weeks of the regular season and the season's back playoffs.

Stafford had snatched his series of 136 consecutive starts against the bears. If he needs a full six-week heal from this injury, he can return to the last two Lions games on Dec. 22 against the Denver Broncos and on December 29 against the Green Bay Packers.

Tracy Walker, fullback The Lions, trying to catch the ball behind New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer during the first half at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, October 27, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

Patricia said on Friday, "a medical plan (exists) for Stafford to return this season, but he declined to provide details.

" He's doing great, "said Patricia. "He's fine, normal, abrading, learning a lot, getting ready, helping everyone around him and getting ready, that's great, just keep everything consistent for us, he's the same age as he is, and he's getting ready

Together with Stafford, the Lions teamed up with the offensive linemen Rick Wagner (concussion), Dan Skipper and Beau Benzschawel, the defensive linemen Da & Shawn Hand (ankle) and Romeo Okwara (groin) and Cornerback Michael Jackson inactive on Sunday

Security Tracy Walker is poised to play for the first time since his knee injury in an eighth-week game against the New York Giants, and Walker returned to training for the first time on Friday. [19659022] Contact Dave Birkett at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett. Read more about the Detroit Lions and subscribe to our Lions newsletter.