The pain intensified through the 2019 season to the point where Stafford was told he should not play.
Stafford was inactive for the game due to a back injury suffered last week in Oakland.
There is legitimate concern surrounding Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's status heading into the Week 10 matchup with the Chicago Bears, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. It's the first time he has missed a regular-season game since the 2010 season.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was sidelined by a back injury and was not in uniform.
We will find out sometime before 1 p.m. ET on Sunday whether Stafford will play. He had started Detroit's last 136 straight games since January 2011 and was replaced by backup signal-caller Jeff Driskel.
He started a team-record 136 consecutive regular-season games, which until this Sunday was the 2nd-longest active start streak in the National Football League behind Philip Rivers.
Stafford has played through injuries whenever possible during his career, including previously against the Bears at Soldier Field. According to ESPN, he almost missed the Lions' home game against the Chiefs in Week 4 due to the pain in his back.
"I'm fine", Stafford said, via the Detroit Free Press. "I'm not really anxious about it". An insider also noted the injury could keep Stafford out for "this week or 3 weeks".
November 10: Stafford is ruled out for the Bears game, as doctors want to perform further tests on his back.
November 6: Stafford tells reporters he's "fine" and will be "good to go" against the Bears despite pain in his back.