Matthew Stafford hadn’t missed a start since Sept. 11, 2011.
On Sunday, 136 games later, Detroit’s veteran signal-caller was forced to watch from the sideline, ending the second-longest consecutive games streak among active quarterbacks.
“Yeah, it was an odd feeling,” Stafford said during a Monday media scrum. "I was probably in one of the weirder places mentally I’ve been in a long time, watching that game.”
With multiple broken bones in his back, the 31-year-old is week-to-week, according to Lions head coach Matt Patricia.
“I’m gonna do everything I can to be out there,” Stafford said. “I’m trying to play every Sunday.”
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His status for Sunday’s affair with Dallas -- his hometown -- remains up in the air.
However, should he have to watch a second straight game from the sideline, backup Jeff Driskel will be called upon yet again to start.
“I can’t do some of the things he can do,” Stafford said of Driskel. “There’s no doubt about that. I’m just here to try and help him.”
Stafford’s status for Week 11 will likely be known later this week.
The Lions and Cowboys square off on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST at Ford Field.