CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws an incomplete pass as he is tackled by Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Matthew Stafford Injury: Lions QB No Longer Plans To Wear Gloves During Games

Matthew Stafford is dealing with a fractured finger and is expected to continue wearing gloves for the Lions' next two games.

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Matthew Stafford Injury: Finger Healed Enough To Remove The Gloves

Matthew Stafford has recently been wearing gloves while playing quarterback for the Detroit Lions, a piece of equipment that isn't common for most signal-callers around the NFL. Stafford was wearing the gloves so he could grip the ball better with his fractured index finger, but he's apparently healed to the point that the gloves are no longer necessary.

Stafford completed 32 of his 45 passing attempts for a touchdown and 276 total yards last week against the Green Bay Packers, but his three interceptions counteracted some of that passing prowess in the Lions loss. Pride of Detroit is hoping that since the gloves are gone, hopefully Stafford's inconsistent play as of late will disappear as well.

For what it's worth, however, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman was actually a fan of the gloves.

"I struggled with a wet ball when I was playing," Aikman said. "I couldn't throw the football when it rained. I'd put a glove on my hand at practice to see if I could throw with a glove on my hand when it rained. I never could.

"But gloves have changed so much over the last 10 years. The glove I tried today was the glove Matt's throwing with, I just wanted to see how it felt, and it felt good. Shoot, I'd probably wear one every game if I was playing now."

Lions fans will have a chance to see the gloveless Stafford play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

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Matthew Stafford Injury Will Cause Detroit Lions Quarterback To Wear Gloves

The injury Matthew Stafford suffered during the Detroit Lions game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday ended up being a fractured finger. The quarterback continued to play in the second half, however, and doesn't expect to miss any games in the future as wearing a glove seems to be the current quick fix.

Stafford applied said fix after the injury happened in the first half of Sunday's game, according to a radio interview he did on Monday. It may not work the best, but it apparently will be the solution going forward. 

"Because I have to wear a brace on the back of my finger and tape all around it, and I can't feel the ball with tape just touching the ball," he said. "But if I get the gloves on, I get a little extra grip with the rest of my three fingers. So I get that extra grip, and that just helps me control the ball where it's going."

The Lions will play Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this coming Sunday.

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