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.
"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.
During the game against the Chicago Bears, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions wore gloves on his throwing hand to keep himself in the game. Stafford suffered a fractured finger in his throwing hand, but put the gloves on to stiffen the digit and give it some kind of padding for protection, though he did go on to finish the game with four interceptions.
He wasn't expected to miss any games, and the healing process appears to be going along smoothly, according to the official Lions Twitter:
Stafford says x-rays show his finger is healing and there were no setbacks in the game.
No setbacks meaning that wearing the glove was an effective way to keep his finger isolated and at least partially protected. He's expected to play in the next game, and will reportedly wear the glove for another two games, according to Anwar Richardson.
Stafford implied that it might be better two Sundays from now, but the short week between the upcoming Carolina Panthers game and the following game on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers is making him think it will be smart to wear it for another two games, and potentially more if he takes any big hits against either of the two teams.
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.
"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."