Matthew Stafford blowing off concern over dislocated middle finger
Matthew Stafford dislocated the middle finger on his right hand during the Detroit Lions’ 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. But Stafford made it perfectly clear while speaking to reporters Wednesday he isn’t giving much thought to it heading into Sunday’s showdown with the New York Giants.
More than that, Stafford insists the injury shouldn’t limit him in any capacity, nor should it impact in any way the Lions’ game plan or how the offense is run.
Stafford says the finger “feels about the same” and indicated he’ll keep receiving treatment on it throughout the week. He expressed optimism that the finger will continue to improve before Sunday.
“I’m sure it will get better,” Stafford said, via Pro Football Talk. “Still working on it, figuring out what will be best come Sunday… It’s never fun when it’s on your throwing hand but I’ll figure it out and we’ll go from there.”
Stafford hasn’t yet decided whether or not he’ll wear a glove in what is expected to be wet conditions at MetLife Stadium, both to stabilize the finger and help improve his compromised grip on the football.
As far as the game plan for Sunday goes, Stafford — much like he did during the win over the Bears — has informed offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter to not allow the injury to impact his play-calling.
“We went and played. Even last Sunday, Jim Bob was like, ‘What kind of limitations,’” Stafford said. “I said ‘Just call the game. Don’t worry about me. I’ll figure it out.’ So plan on being the same way, you know, this week.”
Stafford has on many occasions proven his toughness during his career. But perhaps more impressive is how his leadership abilities have grown exponentially this season as he remarkably led the 9-4 Lions to comeback victory after comeback victory and a division lead in the NFC North.
But if Stafford can overcome the tough injury to his throwing hand and lead the Lions to victory? His evolution into an elite-level NFL quarterback will have taken yet another significant step.