Matthew Stafford underwent additional medical testing Monday that confirmed the doctors' initial diagnosis. His throwing hand is not broken.
But it sure ain't right either.
The Detroit Lions quarterback walked into the locker room after a light walk-through Monday evening with three fingers taped on his throwing hand. The index and thumb were fine, but the others had been individually wrapped for the workout.
Stafford is expected to extend his start streak to 109 games on Sunday when Detroit faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- now third longest among active quarterbacks -- but just how well he'll play remains to be seen.
Stafford dislocated the middle finger on his right hand last year in Week 14. The story said his accuracy numbers took a big hit, including five picks in four games. Stafford added he had 'burning nerve pain' in the hand after the game. The story also said Stafford is expected to speak again on Wednesday so it may give us more of a clue as to how well he can play.
DET QB Matthew Stafford - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Green Bay Packers
In the loss to the Vikings last week Matthew Stafford was benched for the first time since 2015. Before being replaced by Matt Cassell he threw for just 116 yards on 32 attempts. In the past three games, Stafford has passed for an average of only 142 yards and thrown one TD during that span. In the Week 5 win over the Pack Stafford threw for 183 yards and two scores but with the way the offense has sputtered the past month, he’s a QB2 play.