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Matthew Stafford 'sore right now;' Lions wait-and-see with QB's hand

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press on

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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Matthew Stafford is dealing with soreness in his throwing hand but that "nothing new has popped up" that would lead him to believe the quarterback has broken any bones.

Stafford injured his right hand with about 6 minutes left in Sunday's 44-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens when linebacker Terrell Suggs stepped on his hand after a fourth-quarter interception.

Stafford went immediately to the locker room for X-rays and did not return.

He had the pinky, ring and middle fingers on his hand wrapped heavily after the game, and said he felt "some like burning nerve pain in there."

Caldwell said Monday that nothing had changed with Stafford's diagnosis.

"He's just sore right now," Caldwell said.

Stafford, who has the third longest consecutive start streak among active NFL quarterbacks at 108 games, has played through a pair of sprained ankles this year and has stayed on the field in the past despite injuries to his throwing hand.

Last year, the Lions closed the regular season with three consecutive losses after Stafford sprained the middle finger on his right hand in a Week 14 win over the Chicago Bears. Stafford threw five interceptions in 19 quarters with the injury.

In 2011, Stafford broke the index finger on his throwing hand in an October win over the Denver Broncos. He threw nine interceptions while playing through the injury the next three weeks.

 

The Lions (6-6) have four games left in the regular season and need to win out -- and get some help -- in order to make the playoffs.

The team is hopeful that Stafford will play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Caldwell said he's "not certain" yet how difficult it will be for Stafford to throw with his latest injury.

"We'll just kind of see how that goes to be honest with you," Caldwell said. "Obviously, anytime that you're dealing with a throwing hand it's not going to be easy. We'll see how it heals."

Caldwell also said he did not yet have an update on the extent of right tackle Rick Wagner's ankle injury.

Wagner injured his left ankle in the first half and did not return.

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