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Matthew Stafford dealing with potentially 6-week back injury

Lions QB Matthew Stafford will miss some time with his back fracture, and it could carry deep into December.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passes the football against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions are battling for their playoff lives, but if they’re going to earn a wild card berth, Matthew Stafford won’t be around to lead the charge. Stafford suffered a fracture in his back and doctors told him the injury is a six-week type of recovery, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It was noted that it does not mean Stafford will miss the full six games, but it offers some context into his status for the time being.

Stafford sat out last week’s game against the Chicago Bears and was ruled out for Week 11 vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Jeff Driskel started in his place and will remain the Lions starter for the time being.

Fantasy football analysis: Lions offense

Driskel is not an awful quarterback, but he’s no more than average — if even that. He is a downgrade to the team’s fantasy weapons, and while he might lean on Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola, and T.J. Hockenson, expectations should be quite low for the time being. Jones and Golladay are still worth starting in the right situations, but even this week against an inconsistent Cowboys defense, you might be best suited looking elsewhere.

Running backs Ty Johnson and JD McKissic hold even less value at this point. Both were a big downgrade when Kerryon Johnson got hurt, and they lose that much more value with Stafford out.

If only there was a free agent quarterback the team could consider who would be an upgrade over Jeff Driskel over the next few weeks.