While the Detroit Lions improved to 9-4, the victory over the Chicago Bears may prove a touch Pyrrhic. Matthew Stafford’s hand was injured during the course of play and he was forced to continue in the game with a glove over it. He seemed uncomfortable getting used to throwing with the glove on his hand, but eventually led the team to victory. Now, the news has gotten grim; the glove will not only stay on, but Stafford’s hand is incredibly busted.
Per ESPN, Stafford has torn ligaments in his middle finger due to a proximal interphalangeal joint dislocation. His finger is now bent down nearly 90 degrees and he has trouble controlling his finger. In spite of the horrific injury, Stafford hopes to play through it while wearing a glove, as Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has being doing this season.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford now will have to play rest of season with a glove covering dislocated thumb and torn ligaments, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2016
Stafford initially injured his hand in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against Chicago after getting tackled by Leonard Floyd. He would play the rest of the game with a glove and seemed uncomfortable with it; several of his passes were wobbly, although he still finished the day with 223 yards.
It’s not an easy injury, and in both the case of Carr and Stafford, the injury sustained should be enough to sideline either of them. However, with the Lions in the lead for a division crown and attempting to hold of the Green Bay Packers, Stafford will attempt to play through with the glove protecting his hand and will probably need surgery in the offseason.
There will possibly be more details as the week progresses and more medical information about the extent of Stafford’s injury becomes available.
UPDATE: USA TODAY writer Tom Pelissero is reporting the Stafford will undergo more tests on Monday, but all signs point to the same diagnosis reported by Schefter:
Matthew Stafford will undergo further exam tomorrow, source said. Early indications as @AdamSchefter said: PIP dislocation, torn ligaments.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 12, 2016