On Wednesday morning, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia opened up his press conference with a note about quarterback Matthew Stafford’s injury. While Stafford was planning to attend practice, Patricia made it clear they were going to take it slow with his hand injury—reported to be a partially-torn ligament in this thumb.
“We’re just trying to be smart with it,” Patricia said. “Obviously, I think we all know how tough Matthew Stafford is, and he’s going to do everything possible. And, for the most part, it’s probably me just trying to slow it down through the course of the week. Sometimes he gets out there and gets competitive and likes to do what he knows that he can do. From that standpoint, we’ll take it day-by-day.”
And it appears they will take it very slowly and cautiously with Stafford, as Kyle Meinke of MLive noted that the Lions quarterback did “absolutely nothing” during the part of Wednesday’s practice open to the media (the first 15 minutes or so).
Additionally, Stafford was wearing some kind of support on his right thumb, as captured by Dave Birkett’s grainy camera:
The good news for Detroit is that Wednesday did mark the return of wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who has missed the past two weeks with a hip injury. Golladay has missed a total of four games already this season, but still has 338 yards and two touchdowns on the year.
Unfortunately, with Golladay’s return also came the sidelining of Detroit’s other two top receivers. Both Danny Amendola and Marvin Jones Jr. weren’t at Wednesday’s practice. Amendola left Sunday’s game against Washington with a hip injury. Jones, on the other hand, finished out the game without leaving.
Their statuses should be cleared up later in the day when Detroit drops their first injury report of the week around 4 p.m. ET.