Matthew Stafford’s status uncertain due to hand injury

Dec 3, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) leaves the game with his had wrapped with a towel during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford left his team’s loss against the Baltimore Ravens with a hand injury on Sunday afternoon. As of right now, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was non-committal on his status for this weekend, according to Lions writer Tori Petry.

“He’s not out of the woods yet,” said Caldwell. “We’ll see what he can do as the week goes on. It’s not like it’s some insignificant injury.”

Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman added that while Stafford is progressing, the team will have to watch him in practice this week and then evaluate away based on how he responds.

Stafford’s injury is being called a bruised right hand.

The 29-year-old completed 24 of his 29 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and an interception before exiting late against the Ravens. Stafford injured his hand on the interception.

Overall this season, he has thrown for 3,302 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven picks while completing 63.9 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 98.2.

Stafford, who played his college football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by Detroit with the first overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.

He had a dreadful rookie year, throwing for 2,267 yards, 13 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 10 starts, and a shoulder injury limited him to just three games during his second season.

Since then, Stafford has been up and down, but he is coming off of two strong seasons which saw him post passer ratings of 97 and 93.3, respectively.

He has also thrown for at least 4,000 yards in every year since his third season, including racking up 5,038 yards during that third year in 2011. The quarterback became the highest-paid player in NFL history when he signed a five-year, $135 million extension before this season.

The Lions will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.

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