To put it simply, an injury is something that hurts. If you stub your toe, you're entitled to say "I injured my toe." If you banged your knee on the table, that could, I guess, be considered an injury, too.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford "injured" his left hand (non-throwing) Saturday during the second quarter of the Lions' 31-20 preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders. A Raiders defender went in for the kill, striking Stafford's hand with his helmet and putting the Lions franchise star out of the game.
Now, given Stafford's injury history, any bump or bruise is a valid cause for concern. But Stafford insists that Saturday's "injury" was anything but. Let's call it a boo-boo, for all intents and purposes.
The following is from DetroitLions.com's Mike O'Hara:
"I don’t really consider myself getting hurt,” Stafford told DetroitLions.com, emphasizing ‘hurt’ as though it wasn’t the right word. “The biggest thing for me was, I had to come out of the game, and I didn’t get to keep playing.
“Had it been a regular season game, I would have found a way to (play).”
Nate Burleson said he paid close attention to Stafford's hand injury. He was likely hoping for the best, of course.
“Matt said, ‘If this is a real game, I’ll play,’” Burleson said. “He said that to us on the sideline. That shows not only the toughness, but the severity of the injury. It wasn’t something he could play.
“I had no idea (what happened) until I went over on the sideline when he had that big bump.”
Stafford told O'Hara that his hand felt "sore" after the hit. So, a sore hand is nothing to get up in arms about, apparently.
Lions fans everywhere should rest assured that Stafford will be OK. Sounds like a mole hill was made into a mountain over this one. Glad O'Hara cleared up things so that we may now return to regularly-scheduled programming.
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