Detroit Lions franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford injured his left hand (non-throwing) during the second quarter of the Lions' 31-20 preseason loss Saturday to the Oakland Raiders.
There is nothing to worry about, says Stafford, who seemed optimistic after the game, saying he was taken out of the game just to be safe.
"Probably what would have happened in a regular season game is right after it happened, I would have up for x-rays," Stafford said. "If they would have said they were negative, I would have come back in the game.
"It feels okay right now. It feels fine, really. It's scary to look down and see your hand swell up by the second. "
Rookie cornerback Bill Bentley left the game with a shoulder injury. Chris Houston left with an ankle injury, and running back Mikel Leshoure had his midsection wrapped with bandages after his last scamper.
Running back Kevin Smith is all but expected to carry the load for the first six weeks of the regular season while Jahvid Best rests on the PUP list. Smith hobbled off the field, but says he's fine -- just like Stafford.
"My x-rays were negative," Smith said. "It just gets scary under the pile of those big guys laying on you. It's just a minor tweak, something I'm pretty sure I can get rid of quick. Just stay in the training room.
"More than anything, I was very scared. Just being that I had a high ankle sprain, I know how long it took to get back healthy. It's not a high ankle sprain, so that's positive. I'll get in the treatment room and get back as soon as I can."
Both Stafford and Smith have had histories of injuries. Thankfully for the Lions, Stafford didn't land on of his shoulders. That could immediately spell doom for Detroit, which looks to build upon 2011's 10-6 season. Should Stafford remain injured, the Lions have Kassim Osgood, Shaun Hill and Kellen Moore to relieve him.
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