Matthew Stafford’s streak of consecutive starts came to an end, with broken bones in his back sidelining the Detroit Lions’ quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Bears in Chicago.

Stafford’s wife, Kelly, seemed to back up ESPN’s report that team physicians had not cleared him to play. “I don’t think there is anything this man hates more than to not be out there battling with his guys,” she wrote on an Instagram story. “These men work so hard all year long. … It’s tough to sideline them. So I’m grateful for our team docs. He has battled through so much, so much more than anyone knows.

“I’m incredibly proud to be his wife. He’s the toughest SOB, but I’m happy his body will get a little healing time. But LFC Lions fans. … I know I can speak for all of us when I say it’s always nice to beat the Bears. Let’s go!”

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Stafford, who was injured while scrambling in a loss last week to the Oakland Raiders, had made 136 consecutive starts, last missing a game Jan. 2, 2011. In his place, Jeff Driskel started, with David Blough backing him up, and the Lions lost, 20-13. Driskel completed 27 of 46 passes for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked twice. It isn’t clear yet how long Stafford will be out.

Stafford, who also has had a hip injury, is no stranger to back problems. Last season, he played through the fracture of one of the bony protrusions that extend from each vertebrae. This injury is not, he said last week, related to that, and he was planning to start yet another game. Only Philip Rivers, with 218, has more consecutive starts among active quarterbacks, and the streak is a matter of pride and competitiveness. Last week, Stafford spoke of texting with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, whose streak was ended recently at 154 games by an ankle injury.

“It means a lot, obviously,” Stafford said. “I just want to be out there for the guys. It doesn’t mean anything other than just I want to be available for those guys. I was actually texting Matt. … I’m buddies with him; just I wanted him to keep history going because I know he is a tough guy that has played through a lot in his career, and [he] just wasn’t able to do it.”

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Signed by the Lions in September, Driskel started five games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, completing 59.7 percent of his passes and throwing for six touchdowns.

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