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Dave Birket, Carlos Monares and Sean Windsor defeated the Detroit Lions after their 30-27 victory over Washington on Sunday, November 1

5, 2020.

Detroit Free Press

Matthew Stafford left no doubt that he will play against on Sunday Carolina Panthers, but the bigger question is how effective it will be Detroit Lions quarterback to be?

The NFL Network reported Tuesday that Stafford suffered a partially torn ligament in his throwing arm in last week’s victory over Washington.

Stafford suffered an injury in the first quarter and remained in the game. He made 24 of 33 assists for 276 yards and three touchdowns and led the Lions to the winning goal area in the final 16 seconds.

Stafford said in his regular appearance on WJBK-Fox 2 on Monday that the X-rays of his arm were negative, but he would undergo additional tests throughout the week.

At the time, he seemed confident in his playing status this weekend.

“I did X-rays after the game. They were negative, there were no fractures or interruptions there, “Stafford said.” A few, I’m sure, tests all week, but I’ll do my best to be there. You know I’m going to do what I can, so I like my chances. “

During his 12-year career, Stafford has suffered a number of injuries to his throwing hand, the most serious of which was a sprain of his right middle finger at the end of the 2016 season.

In the 19th quarter with the injury, Stafford threw five interceptions, most of them while wearing a fingerless glove to help squeeze the football. The Lions defeated the Chicago Bears in a game in which Stafford was injured, then lost their last four games.

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In 2011, Stafford played through a broken right index finger. He suffered an injury in an October victory over the Denver Broncos, then returned a week later to throw nine interceptions in three games.

The Lions, who scored 1-2 in these games. play two games over the next nine days, in Carolina on Sunday and at home against Houston Texas on Thanksgiving.

“I don’t think he probably has enough credit for his toughness,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel. “I don’t think you always know the pain he’s going through, or a lot of these other guys. I don’t want to reduce that. But he’s played a lot, he’s overcome a lot.”

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.