Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell rarely begins his news conferences with an opening statement. But he had one Monday.
Yes, Matthew Stafford injured his finger. Yes, he will play on Sunday against the New York Giants. No, don't ask him about it.
"He did have an issue with his finger, there's no question," Caldwell said. "He's going to be able to play in the next game, he's going to practice and those things."
The story pointed out that one complicating factor could be the weather. This is Detroit's first and only cold-weather game of the year, at the Giants, and freezing temperatures could affect anybody's ability to grip the football. And that's especially true of a quarterback who struggled to grip the football indoors because of a dislocated finger. Early forecasts have temps in the low to mid 40s as highs for next Sunday.