The Detroit Lions medical staff is evaluating Matthew Stafford after he injured his right ankle during the loss to the Vikings on Thanksgiving.
Reporters were quick to note the noticeable limp when the quarterback ambled to the press room. He didn’t elaborate on the extent of the injury—the result of the fourth quarter tackle where Tom Johnson landed on his right leg—but said that he’s not a hundred percent.
“But ticker’s still ticking, so we’ll be all right,” he said.
There’s no word yet from the team on whether or not he will miss some games. Coach Jim Caldwell said they will have to check on the injury after the game and make an announcement soon.
It wasn’t the first time that Stafford injured his ankle. Back in October, he injured his right ankle in the loss to the Panthers when he was sacked by Kawann Short. However, a week later he was already back in practice proving that the quarterback is as tough as they come.
While back then he didn’t complain, reporters watch the drills noticed that he was favoring his right ankle.
The injury couldn’t have come at a worst time as the Lions are struggling to carve out some wins this season with a record of 6-5, which is near the bottom of the NFC North. The only team with the worst record in the division is the Bears (3-7) and the Packers (5-5).
Stafford is also playing so well. Against the Vikings, he finished with 20-35 for 250 yards including two touchdowns and one interception.
Michigan Live noted that in recent games, Stafford rediscovered his deep ball. Following the game against the Bears, Stafford said that he’s focused on the little things. “Just hit some plays,” he explained. “I threw it, they caught it and we made some plays. That’s what it boils down to.”