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Lions' Stafford expected to play with dislocated finger

Matthew Stafford suffered a hand injury that could affect the rest of his 2016 season.

The Detroit Lions quarterback badly dislocated the middle finger on his throwing hand Sunday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his condition. Rapoport says the injury is described as "a solidly jammed knuckle." ESPN first reported the news.

On Monday, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell Stafford will be able to practice this week and will play in New York versus the Giants on Sunday.

Stafford did not miss a snap after experiencing the injury early in the 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears. Stafford had the finger taped and played the remainder of the game with a glove on his right hand. 

"Was just trying to figure out what was the best way to manage it," he said, via "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."

Stafford didn't appear comfortable with the glove, but Rapoport added that the quarterback will likely wear the mitt or a specialized brace for the rest of the season.

The Lions quarterback struggled for the second time this season versus the Bears' defense. Stafford tossed two interceptions, including a pick-six that put Detroit behind in the fourth quarter. He finished 21-of-35 passing for 223 yards, one touchdown throw and the two INTs.

As Stafford has all season, he led the Lions on a game-winning drive, which culminated with a seven-yard touchdown scramble by the quarterback. The Lions have earned eight four-quarter comeback wins this season, most in a single season since at least 1950, per NFL Research.

Stafford has enjoyed a magical season, helping propel Detroit to a two-game lead in the NFC North with three games to play. Now Stafford will need to keep the wizardry going while fighting through a nagging injury.

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