Stafford feels good after taking hit vs. Chargers

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was wearing a white cloth sleeve on his right arm during his weekly news conference Wednesday and confirmed again that he plans to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

“I feel good,” he said. “I’m ready to go.”

Stafford took a crushing hit from Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram in the third quarter of Sunday’s game on a play that resulted in an interception. He threw another pick on the next drive then returned to the field with a sleeve on his right arm.

On Monday, Stafford had a large wrap on the injured arm, but that was replaced with another sleeve Wednesday. He finished the game, but wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he could tell the quarterback wasn’t 100 percent.

“You could see,” Johnson said. “You could see little grimaces and stuff like that, but he’s fine. He’s fought through worse things in his career, so I have no doubt that he’ll be ready to go.”

Stafford went 19 of 30 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the game. Although he struggled immediately after the injury, he led a crisp scoring drive late in the game.

After the game, coach Jim Caldwell said Stafford wore the sleeve to keep his arm warm, a telling comment since it was 84 degrees in San Diego. Stafford, though, declined comment when asked if he lost feeling in the arm at any point.

“I’m not here to talk about last week,” he said. “I’ll talk to you guys anything you want to know about this coming up week.”

Stafford did, however, say he can feel his arm now and will be ready for Week 2.