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The injury to Matthew Stafford's back is more severe than the Detroit Lions have released.

While Lions coach Matt Patricia calls Stafford "day to day" and "week to week" with a hamstring that will keep him in the second straight game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN reports that doctors have told Stafford that he is coping with a "six week injury". quarter of the Lions' Week 9 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

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

He practices limited next week, but is sent for testing at the end of the week, after which doctors estimate he is not safe to play in Week 10 matchup against Chicago Bears.

Stafford, who did not train last week, played through a broken transverse process in his back at the end of last season. He said this year's injury is different and not related to last year's injury.

A number of NFL recruits have missed time with back injuries in recent seasons.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo received a compression fracture in the back. in the 2016 preseason that made him miss 10 weeks. Duck Prescott replaced Romo as a starter during the injury and never quit.

Kam Newton suffered two transverse fractures in a car accident in 2014, missed one injury game and returned for the last two weeks of the regular season and the playoffs.

Stafford had a series of 136 consecutive starts snapping against the Bears. If he needs a full six-week recovery from this injury, he can return for the Lions' last two games, Dec. 22 against the Denver Broncos and Dec. 29 against the Green Bay Packers. Cody Latimer during the first half of Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, October 27, 2019. "width =" 180 "data-mycapture-src =" https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/27 /PDTF/7d349c58-8be2-4a62-96f2-608739f908a8-10272019_lions_1sthalf-14.jpg?crop=1101,2352,x451,y48 "data-mycapture-sm-src =" https://www.gannett-cdn.com/ presto / 2019/10/27 / PDTF / 7d349c58-8be2-4a62-96f2-608739f908a8-10272019_lions_1sthalf-14.jpg? crop = 1101,2352, x451, y48 "/>

Trace Walker's Protective Back Trying to Walk catches the ball behind New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer during Ford Field's first half at Detroit, Sunday, October 27, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)