| Detroit Free Press
Even in a win, Detroit Lions’ flaws are apparent. Can they fix them?
Dave Birkett, Carlos Monarrez and Shawn Windsor break down the Detroit Lions after their 30-27 win over Washington on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020.
NFL Network reported Tuesday that Stafford suffered a partially torn ligament in his throwing hand in last week’s win over Washington.
Stafford suffered the injury in the first quarter and remained in the game. He completed 24 of 33 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns, and led the Lions on the winning field goal drive in the final 16 seconds.
Stafford said in his regular appearance Monday on WJBK-Fox 2 that X-rays on his hand were negative but he would undergo further testing throughout the week.
“I did get some X-rays after the game. They were negative, no fractures or breaks in there,” Stafford said. “A couple, I’m sure, tests throughout the week, but I’m going to do everything I can to be out there. You know I’m going to do what I can, so I like my chances.”
During his 12-year career, Stafford has played through a number of injuries to his throwing hand, the most serious of which was a sprained right middle finger late in the 2016 season.
In 19 quarters with the injury, Stafford threw five interceptions, most of them while wearing a finger-less glove to help grip the football. The Lions beat the Chicago Bears in the game that Stafford was injured, then lost their final four games.
In 2011 Stafford played through a broken right index finger. He suffered the injury in an October win over the Denver Broncos, then after a bye week returned to throw nine interceptions in three games.
The Lions, who went 1-2 in those games. play two games in the next nine days, at Carolina on Sunday and home against the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving.
“I think he probably doesn’t get enough credit for his toughness,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “I don’t think you always know the pains that he goes through, or a lot of these other guys. Don’t want to diminish that. But he’s played through a lot, he’s toughed out a lot.”