Stafford says X-rays negative, hopeful for Sunday

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said during his weekly television appearance on FOX2 in Detroit that X-rays on his right hand were negative, giving him a much greater chance of playing Sunday against Carolina.

“I did get some X-rays after the game and they were negative. No fractures or breaks in there,” Stafford said on the station. “A couple, I’m sure, tests throughout the week but, you know, I’m going to do everything I can to be out there. I’m going to do what I can.

“So I like my chances.”

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Stafford injured the hand in the first quarter of Sunday’s 30-27 win against Washington on a sack from Kevin Pierre-Louis that was flagged for a personal foul. Stafford said after Sunday’s game he wasn’t sure how, exactly, he hurt the hand but that it didn’t feel great gripping the ball right after the injury.

He had his hand taped up at the thumb and the wrist and remained in the game, completing 24 of 33 passes for 276 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also had no problem celebrating with teammates — throwing hand included — after

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