Heading into the season many put a reserve on the potential of the Detroit Lions, naming Matthew Stafford’s health as a prerequisite to the team’s success.
So, after suffering their second loss of the season on Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons, Stafford limping off the field was not an encouraging sight to those hoping for the Lions to snap out of their current losing streak.
Stafford hurt his ankle after taking a legal hit from Curtis Lofton after rolling out of the pocket in an effort to convert a crucial fourth down.
The fourth-down conversion failed and Stafford left the field with a heavy limp and left the stadium with his foot in a protective boot.
Early diagnostics suggest that Stafford’s injury is not long term.
“He is no more than day-to-day,” said head coach Jim Schwartz. “We will see where he is on Wednesday and hopefully we can get him back on the practice field. But he is no more than day-to-day. He’s got an ankle; (his) knee is not an issue.”
Stafford’s health has been a sensitive topic in the Detroit area as the quarterback has missed 19 games in his first two seasons. However, those injuries are behind him, he has recovered and has proven his toughness multiple times this season.
His current injury does not appear to be anything serious.
As is the case with day-to-day injuries, more information will be available soon.