Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
2 months ago

Stafford said his finger, which was injured late last season, is now fine, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Stafford said of the situation, "It just needed rest. No surgery, no procedure, anything like that. It feels good, threw with it today. It feels fine. Been throwing with it for a month, month and a half, now. It just took some rest."

EDGE Analysis

Stafford dislocated the middle finger in his throwing hand during Week 14's win over the Bears. He played the remainder of the season, including a Wild Card loss to the Seahawks, but looked significantly affected by the injury, throwing twice as many interceptions to touchdowns during the span. After taking some time off, the quarterback, who is entering the last year of his contract, should be ready for the beginning of OTAs.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
2 months ago

Stafford (finger) is in the early stages of negotiating a contract extension with the Lions, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford is entering the last season of the five-year, $76.5 million extension he signed back in 2013, so the Lions hope to tie him down to another long-term deal before preparations for the upcoming campaign intensify. Although it reportedly could be a few months before Stafford inks his contract, the fact that his representatives and the Lions have engaged recently signals the start of that process. With Jim Bob Cooter serving as his offensive coordinator for most of the past two seasons, Stafford has put together his two best campaigns in terms of completion percentage, and has compiled two of his three best touchdown-to-interception ratios.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
5 months ago

Stafford (finger) skipped the 2017 Pro Bowl in order to rest his injured middle finger, MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford dislocated his right middle finger (on his throwing hand) in Week 14 against the Bears. While he finished out the regular season and also suited up for the Lions' lone playoff game in Seattle, Stafford was unable to attend the Pro Bowl because he opted for rest over surgery as means to recover. However, it isn't clear how much rest his finger may require, nor if his treatment plan will delay the start of his offseason preparation.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
6 months ago

Stafford completed 18 of 32 passes for 205 yards during the Lions' 26-6 postseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday. He added 15 rushing yards across three carries.

EDGE Analysis

While it isn't clear if his previously-dislocated finger caused him any trouble, Stafford logged one of his worst performances of the season Saturday as his receivers did him no favors throughout the entire game. However, injured or not, taking on the Seahawks' vaunted defense is no easy task for any quarterback -- especially in the playoffs -- so it's easy to forgive the signal caller's lack of impact on the box score. Now set to enter the offseason, Stafford will look to provide his injured finger with plenty of rest as the appendage won't require surgery to heal, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
6 months ago

Stafford completed 26 of 41 passes for 347 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Despite having himself a quiet night entering the fourth quarter, Stafford ultimately totaled more touchdowns than he had in his previous three games combined by connecting with Anquan Boldin on a desperation hail-mary heave in garbage time. Furthermore, the Lions signal caller also posted his highest completion percentage across his last four games. However, Detroit's failure to clinch the NFC North title Sunday night locked the team into a matchup against the Seahawks -- set to be played outdoors in Seattle -- for the first round of the playoffs, a team Stafford threw for just 203 yards with zero touchdowns against last season.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
6 months ago

Stafford doesn't blame the dislocated middle finger on his throwing hand for his recent struggles on the field, The Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford was one of the most efficient signal callers in the game for the first three quarters of the season, but dislocated his middle finger in Week 13 versus the Bears and hasn't been the same. He's thrown a weak 1:4 TD-to-interception ratio since suffering the injury and hasn't tossed a score in two games. So, it appears Stafford may not be telling the truth regarding how his finger has been affecting his play, which isn't hard to believe considering the appendage belongs to his throwing hand. Thankfully, Stafford won't be playing in the cold this weekend (which often requires extra grip strength to hang onto the football) as the Lions season finale Sunday versus Green Bay -- with the NFC North crown on the line -- will be played indoors in the confines of Detroit's Ford Field.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
6 months ago

Stafford completed 26 of 46 passes for 260 yards with one interception Monday night against the Cowboys. He also scored on a one-yard tote.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford, who boasts a 1:4 TD-to-interception ratio across his past three games, has ended the season in disappointing fashion. His 63.7 passer rating Monday night was almost rock bottom as the figure represents Stafford's second-lowest mark of the season. However, he has a solid chance to end the season on a high note in a regular season finale against a Packers secondary that has allowed a league-worst 8.0 YPA to quarterbacks in 2016. Look for Stafford to come out firing, as the game decides the NFC North champion.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
6 months ago

Stafford completed 24 of 39 passes for 273 yards and an interception during Sunday's loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Detroit's five-game winning streak ended Sunday, as Stafford and the Lions offense failed to find the end zone. Stafford was intercepted in the fourth quarter for his eighth pick of the year, and now has thrown three interceptions to one touchdown in the last two games. He has torn ligaments in his middle finger, although it's unclear if that was the reason behind his poor play. Stafford will look to get back on track against the Cowboys next Monday night.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
6 months ago

Stafford (finger) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford was a full participant in practice all week, proving his dislocated middle finger, which also sustained torn ligaments last weekend, wouldn't impact his Week 15 status. Although he's expected to sport a glove during Sunday's contest, the Lions and fantasy owners alike should be relieved Stafford will continue to play at this crucial point in the campaign.

Matthew Stafford
QB DET (7)
6 months ago

Stafford (finger) was a full practice participant Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Stafford again wore a glove that protected only the middle finger on his right hand, which was dislocated and sustained torn ligaments during Sunday's win versus the Bears. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Stafford seemed to express less comfort when tasked with throwing passes than he did at Wednesday's session. No matter, Stafford is preparing as usual to start Sunday against the Giants in New York.