Lions' Matthew Stafford OK to practice, play
Allen Park – Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell doesn’t talk about injuries and he doesn’t do opening statements for his press conferences, but he deviated from both preferences on Monday to address quarterback Matthew Stafford’s injured middle finger on his throwing hand.
“Everybody has question about Matthew, right?” Caldwell said. “We acknowledged yesterday that he did have an issue with his finger, which is no question. The thing about it, he was able to finish the game. He threw it and also, he’s going to be able to play in the next game, practice, those kind of things. He feels that he can get it done, and the doctors do, as well.
“I’m not going to talk about the nature of it, what happened, all the rumors and false reports, those kinds of things,” Caldwell said. “Nevertheless, he’ll be able to get through it. It affected him some when it first happened. I think you saw that through the course of the game. But he’s a tough guy, he battled through it and he’ll have an opportunity to work with the doctors and get things straightened out that need to be straightened out. We’ll work through it this week and he should be ready to go.”
Caldwell went on to close his statement by telling reporters any further questions on the injury would be would ignored.
The Lions play at the New York Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The coach declined to comment on which reports he deemed to be false. ESPN reported that Stafford had suffered a dislocation and torn ligaments. NFL Network followed up with a similar report Monday morning, comparing the dislocation to a “jammed knuckle.”
Stafford suffered the injury at the end of the first quarter on a broken play. While attempting to throw the ball away, his hand smacked the arm of oncoming Chicago pass rusher Leonard Floyd. Stafford didn’t leave the game, but came back with a protective glove on Detroit’s ensuing possession.
Stafford admitted after the game the injury and glove impacted both his accuracy and velocity. He entered the game having thrown five interceptions in the first 12 games, but tossed two the final quarters. The second pick was returned 24 yards for a touchdown, temporarily giving the Bears the lead in the fourth quarter.
It’s expected that Stafford will continue to wear the glove the remainder of the season.