Lions QB Stafford Expected to Play Through Partially Torn Ligament in Thumb

Matthew Stafford with the Lions in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/Shutterstock

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a partial ligament tear in the thumb of his throwing hand in the Lions 30-27 win over the Washington Football Team on Sunday.

However, the coaching staff does not expect him to miss any time. The team announced that they will follow Stafford’s progress over the course of the week to see how he is throwing the ball before a final decision is made.

Stafford is known for his toughness and has played through injuries many times in his career, which is why most expect that he is going to start in the Lions’ next game against the Carolina Panthers.

X-rays were performed on Stafford’s hand and they confirmed that there were no breaks or fractures found.

Stafford missed significant time last season with a non-displaced fracture in his spine, but has been healthy and playing well this season.

If Stafford can’t go, the Lions will most likely turn to backup Chase Daniel.

The Lions currently have a 4-5 and are in last place in the NFC North, but are still in the divisional race. The second-place Chicago Bears are 5-5 while the Green Bay Packers lead the division with a 7-2 record.