Lions' Stafford wearing single-finger glove in practice
Allen Park – Three days after injuring the middle finger on his throwing hand, Matthew Stafford said it feels about the same, but the Detroit Lions quarterback intends to take every snap during the week of practice leading up to the team’s game with the New York Giants.
Stafford also said he’s exploring every option, and hasn’t ruled out playing without a glove in New York.
“I’m going to figure out what’s best for me and this team and going forward,” Stafford said.
The glove Stafford wore the final three quarters in last weekend’s win over the Bears wasn’t for protection, it was for functionality. It offered him a better grip on the ball. As the week progresses, he intends to experiment with the different options and go with what feels best against the Giants.
During the team’s Wednesday practice, Stafford wore a black Nike glove that covered only his middle finger.
Another factor in the decision could be the weather. It’s expected to be cold with a healthy chance for precipitation on Sunday.
“I’m going to try to prepare throughout the week like it’s a game,” Stafford said. “Whether it’s a glove or not, I’m still working it. Whatever I end up doing in the game won’t be a guess, it will be something I’ve been working on.”
After suffering the injury, Stafford wasn’t sharp against the Bears. He completed 9-20 for 90 yards. He also tossed two interceptions for the first time since Week 4. The Lions also ran the ball more than they typically have in the second half of that game, but Stafford said the game plan wasn’t altered by the finger.
Asked if he felt he would have thrown the interceptions with a healthy finger, Stafford said neither throw was a bad decision.
“I wasn’t really disappointed with either of those decisions. It was just execution,” he said. “The one to Anquan (Boldin), I’d really love to have back. I didn’t throw that ball as well as I can.”