Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be resting the injured fingers on his throwing hand.
Stafford’s hand was stepped on after he was taken down while throwing an interception in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens. Linebacker Terrell Suggs inadvertently stepped on Stafford’s hand, leaving it badly bruised. X-rays came back negative on the hand, but Monday he still had the middle, ring and pinkie fingers individually taped up, and swelling was observed from a distance on his hand.
Head coach Jim Caldwell said Stafford is “not out of the woods yet,” as he handed off a few times but did not attempt a pass during Wednesday’s practice, leaving most of that work to backup Jake Rudock. While Rudock threw, Stafford stood off to the side.
Caldwell said the injury was not insignificant, even though there are no breaks in the hand. Stafford said feeling has come back to his right hand after saying Sunday there was initial numbness and some burning in the nerves.
“We’ll kind of see what he can do kind of as the week goes on,” Caldwell said. “It’s not like it’s some insignificant injury, that’s not the case. It’s something that he’s going to have to really work at and deal with during the course of the week to see where he is. It’s not like he’s out of the woods.”
According to several reports, Stafford would not show his right hand to reporters during his weekly media availability on Wednesday. When he walked to the podium, he had both hands inside a hooded sweatshirt. When asked if he would show his hand, Stafford said “I would rather not.”
Caldwell said he’ll manage reps between Stafford and backup Jake Rudock “delicately” as he might have to try to get two quarterbacks ready to face Tampa Bay on Sunday. Caldwell said doctors will monitor Stafford’s hand during the week and then, based on what they say, it’s a matter of whether he can function as a quarterback. Caldwell did say, though, that the hand is “progressing in the right direction.”
“Can he do all the things you’re asking him to do and that entails quite a bit, you know, because he handles the ball on every play from an offensive standpoint, you know,” Caldwell said. “So we’ll see where he is. He’s got to be able to function.
“And often times he comes through, but this one, this one is going to take a little work.”
Stafford has started 108 straight games for the Lions. This season, he has completed 271 of 424 passes for 3,302 yards, 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.