Rest, not surgery, on tap for Lions QB Matthew Stafford
Stafford completed just 58.6% of his passes with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions after injuring his right middle finger
SEATTLE -- Now that the season is over, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford can get down to the business of tending to his injured right middle finger.
And Stafford said that means resting the digit for the next few weeks, not undergoing any sort of surgery.
"I think it’s going to heal with rest," Stafford said after Saturday's 26-6 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. "Yeah, that’s my plan right now."
Stafford had one of the better seasons of his career this fall, completing 65.3% of his passes -- the second highest mark of his career -- while throwing for 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns.
But Stafford's play waned down the stretch after he hurt the tip of his middle finger on his throwing hand late in the first quarter of a Dec. 11 win over the Chicago Bears.
In the final four-plus games of the season, Stafford completed just 58.6% of his passes and threw four touchdowns and five interceptions. He had just five interceptions in the first 12 games of the season.
On Saturday, Stafford got off to a rough start, misfiring on five of his first six passes, and failed to lead the Lions on a touchdown drive for the second time in four weeks.
Stafford finished the night 18 of 32 passing for 205 yards, and fell to 0-3 in the playoffs.
He said he doesn't feel any burden for the Lions' continued postseason struggles. As a franchise, the Lions haven't won a playoff game in 25 years.
"I’m a piece to the puzzle, no doubt a big one at the quarterback position," Stafford said. "You play well at quarterback, you give your team a chance to win and we were able to do that a bunch of times this year but obviously didn’t get it done today."
As for his finger, Stafford said, "I don’t think it affected (my play) too much."
"Obviously not 100%," he said. "But I battled, felt like I threw the ball accurately enough. There’s definitely some throws I wish I had back, but a healthy finger doesn’t do that half the time, too, so just more of an annoyance than anything that it happened and had to deal with it."