Despite a dislocated finger on his throwing hand, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford insists that the injury has not affected his preparation for the team’s upcoming game against the New York Giants.
“Still kind of working on it,” Stafford told Tim Twentyman today. “Threw a little bit in the walk through, still working on it, figuring out what’s going to be best come Sunday. I’m going to try to prepare throughout the week like it’s a game, whether that’s glove or not. I’m still working on it, but whatever I end up doing in the game will not just be a guess. It will be something I’ve worked on.”
Stafford was observed wearing a customized fingerless glove at practice today, which covered just the injured middle finger. Luckily, the Lions still have three more practice sessions before Sunday’s game to figure out what the best option is.
The injury occurred early in Sunday’s 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears when Stafford’s throwing hand connected with the hand of Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd. He finished the game using two different gloves, but has since had the luxury of trying out different options at practice.
Immediately following the injury, Stafford told offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter not to defer from the game plan.
““Yeah, we went and played, even last Sunday Jim Bob (Cooter) was like, ‘You know, what kind of limitation is it?’ ‘Just go call the game, don’t worry about me, I’ll figure it out,’’” Stafford said. “Plan on being the same way this week.”
He finished Sunday’s game 21-of-35 passing, with 223 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for the game winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Lions, who currently hold a two-game lead over the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North, visit the Giants and Dallas Cowboys before closing out the regular season with a home showdown against the Packers.
An injury to an MVP-caliber quarterback is never the most encouraging way to close out a regular season, but with Stafford at the helm, fans should remain confident.
“Never fun when it’s on your throwing hand, but I’ll figure it out and we’ll go from there,” Stafford said. “I just know I use it (middle finger) like everybody else. It’s on the ball, so it counts.”