Lions place QB Stafford on injured reserve

The Detroit Lions placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday.Stafford has been nursing a back injury sustained on the final drive of Detroit’s 31-24 loss to Oakland on Nov. 3, causing him to miss six games. The Lions lost all of them to drop to 3-10-1 on the season.Stafford had a streak of 136 straight regular-season starts until sitting out against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 10.The 31-year-old Stafford, who also had a hip injury, passed for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

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