It was revealed after the game that Stafford has been playing with a fractured right index finger since the first half of Detroit's win Oct. 30 against Denver. Stafford returned to practice with the rest of the Lions Wednesday as they began to prepare for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, telling reporters afterward that X-rays show his finger is healing well.
"It's getting better," Stafford said, per MLive.com. "I didn't have any setbacks in the game as far as hitting it on something. ... It's getting better every day. I'm excited it's feeling better."
Stafford wore gloves against the Bears and during Wednesday's practice to help him get a better grip on the ball. He plans to use the gloves for the next two games, covering a small splint that is taped to the top half of his right index finger.
"It's the first time I've really hurt my throwing hand," Stafford said. "The last couple of weeks, I felt like I've figured how to get around it and throw just fine with it. I feel 100 percent, good enough to make every throw I've ever made."