October 26, 2011
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford(notes) has a sprained right ankle, thanks to linebacker Curtis Lofton(notes) rolling into his right leg on the team's final offensive play of Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He sounds doubtful that he'd be ready for Sunday's matchup with the Denver Broncos, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"I think every competitor plans on playing," Stafford said on a local radio show, the paper reports. "We'll see if that comes true. I've got to keep getting better to get there, but I want to, obviously."
The sprain is "kind of in a weird spot," the 23-year-old told the station. He also said he wasn't sure if he'd practice Wednesday, the paper reports: "We're treating it, doing the best we can, trying to get it as healthy as possible for a chance to try and play this week."
Stafford has completed 162 passes for 1,912 yards and 16 touchdowns this season for the 5-2 Lions. He's also already been sacked 14 times in seven games.
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