In what has been arguably the best season of his career, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford got some bad news.
The former Georgia quarterback dislocated a joint in his middle finger and suffered torn ligaments, according to an ESPN report. The injury happened in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Bears when, on a play that ended in intentional grounding, Stafford hit his right hand against Bears rookie and former Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd.
The injury was severe enough that it bend the finger downward at a 90 degree angle and Stafford had no control over the tip of the finger, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Stafford taped up the finger and was able to continue to play, but he will be required to wear a glove for the remainder of the season.
“Was just trying to figure out what was the best way to manage it,” Stafford told ESPN. “You know, the training room guys, the equipment staff, everybody did a great job. Got me all ready to go, and then I just, I haven’t thrown with one in a long time. Trying to get the feel back was a little difficult.”
He still managed to go 21-for-35 for 233 yards and a touchdown, but he did throw a season-high tying 2 interceptions.
On the season, Stafford has thrown for 3,447 yards this season, putting him on pace to throw for more than 4,000 for the sixth consecutive season. Before Sunday’s game, he had a 100.5 passer rating, which is the highest of his career. Early in the season, Stafford was considered an MVP candidate.
This isn’t the first injury Stafford has deal with in his NFL career. He’s garnered a reputation for being a tough guy, however, after playing every game each of the last five seasons. In his second season, Stafford missed 13 games with a right shoulder injury.