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Matthew Stafford has broken blood vessel, expected to play in opener

Matthew Stafford’s day was cut short by another injury — but this one is not serious. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

Stafford merely broke a blood vessel in his hand when it was struck by Dave Tollefson of the Oakland Raiders in the Lions’ preseason loss. There was instantaneous swelling that Stafford said “freaked” him out initially. X-rays were negative, though, and Stafford was considerably calmer by the end of the game.

“It was just, skin color just growing by the second,” Stafford said (via “It was kind of scary. I didn’t know what was going on. But it’s fine now. It feels good.”

Stafford has completed 24 of 34 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns (with one interception) in preseason. Last season — the first in which he remained healthy for 16 games — he passed for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns and broke virtually every team passing record. The Lions play the Buffalo Bills in their final preseason game Thursday.

“Whether or not I play is obviously not my decision and honestly I’ll do whatever they tell me to do,” Stafford said. “But I think as an offense we know how to attack the schemes that people throw against us and we just got to go out there and execute, really.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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