Lions' Stafford: Glove stays for playoff opener

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The glove is here to stay, so is the splint.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said there’s no chance his injured middle finger would be healed enough before Saturday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks for him to alter his current configuration.

“I don’t think that’s really possible to tell you the truth, kind of need to have it,” Stafford said.

Everyone acknowledges Stafford’s finger is affecting him, but the extent is becoming more and more debatable. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been impressed with what he’s seen on film.

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“I mean these guys are so finely tuned that as much as they want to play through it, I’m sure it’ll affect him a little bit,” Carroll said. “He looked great last week. He was ripping it and obviously he’s through all that, but I mean everybody expects him to just be exactly the same when he’s playing with a busted finger, man. I mean that’s amazing that he can even throw the darn thing. I think he’s back flying and going, it looks like.”

Stafford was sharp against Green Bay last weekend, completing 26-of-41 for 347 yards, two touchdowns and a late interception. After some early-game accuracy issues, Stafford quieted concerns with two perfectly placed deep throws to TJ Jones and Marvin Jones.

It was easily his best performance since suffering the injury on Dec. 11.

“I feel pretty solid with (the injured finger),” Stafford said. “You know, obviously I have to make some changes, but nothing drastic.”

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