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Matthew Stafford out; Detroit Lions quarterback Jeff Driskel, a double threat

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State of the Lions, en route for the game of the bears. Filmed November 8, 2019.
Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press

CHICAGO – Jeff Driskel led a nomadic life as a quarterback.

He won the Florida Beginner 's post as a sophomore, but broke his leg the following year and was posted to Louisiana Tech.

The San Francisco 49ers took him to the sixth round of the NFL draft in 2016, but dropped out before the start of the regular season.

Detroit Lions quarterback Jeff Driskel throws a shot before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago on Sunday, November 10, 2019. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast) (Photo: The associated press)

And having spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including one in the Wounded Reserve, Driskel signed with the Detroit Lions in September after being released following a sore hamstring injury.

Driskel will debut as a Lion today in the place of Matthew Stafford, who will miss his first match since 2010 due to a back injury.

According to ESPN, Stafford fractured his bones in the back, which means that Driskel, 26, could line up for multiple starts. This back injury is not that of Stafford at the end of last season.

"Matthew has turned it off this morning," said general manager Bob Quinn before the match, refusing to answer any other questions. "If his back injury had occurred last week, towards the end of the Oakland match." Trained in a limited way all week, he was dubiously dubious.He arrived at the stadium this morning, met with the doctors and n & rsquo; Was not allowed medically to play today, so it was disabled. "

While Stafford played at a near MVP level in the first half of the season, raking 29.9 yards and 19 touchdowns, Driskel was with the team less than two months away and had much less time in the # 39; offensive.

Driskel, who made five starts with the Bengals last season, was known for his dual threat capabilities at the university as a passer and runner. In his first season as a starter in Florida, Driskel racked up 413 rushing yards and four touchdowns for a total of 1,646 passing yards.

The Bengals used Driskel as a runner. He had seven career runs for a 32-yard career record against the Oakland Raiders last December, his only win as a starter – and Lions offensives coordinator Darrell Bevell built offensive game plans around quarterbacks. before.

Bevell called the plays for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson early in his career when he had four consecutive seasons of more than 90 staves and once threatened to run 1,000 yards.

While waiting for Stafford to be out of office on Sunday, it is possible that the Lions will develop an offensive game plan featuring Driskel's athletic abilities that will surprise the Bears.

August 10, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Quarterback Jeff Driskel of the Cincinnati Bengals (6) fights the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

The Bears, however, have one of the best defenses of the NFL. They have allocated more than 17 points just three times during the season and rank in the top 10 overall, scoring and defying the defense in a hurry.

With Stafford, Lions will no longer have several key defensive players today. Da 'Shawn Hand came out with a sprained ankle, Tracy Walker will miss his second consecutive game with a knee injury and Romeo Okwara will be absent with a groin injury.

Miles Killebrew, Michael Jackson and Beau Benzschawel are also present for Lions.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett. More information about the Detroit Lions and sign up for our Lions newsletter.

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