ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Matthew Stafford walked up to the podium Wednesday afternoon, no limp, no boot, nothing to indicate how injured he was Sunday in a loss to Carolina.
The Detroit Lions quarterback injured his hamstring and sprained his ankle against the Panthers, according to ESPN Insider Dan Graziano, and after the game walked gingerly out of the locker room. The next day, he said he didn’t know if he’d be playing against the Saints.
On Wednesday, Stafford said he feels “OK.” He declined all other questions about his hamstring or ankle, deferring to Lions coach Jim Caldwell. Then Caldwell had no interest in talking about Stafford’s injuries, either.
Caldwell would not answer a question about how Stafford’s injury -- whether he practices or not -- would affect how Detroit practices this week, saying to “check the report. You’re trying to find a roundabout way of asking how he is. Check the report.”
When asked if Stafford would take all the reps, Caldwell said, “Next question.” When asked how Stafford's status would potentially change what the team does in practice, he responded: “Next question.”
Later in Wednesday’s news conference, when asked about how an ankle or hamstring injury in general could affect a quarterback, he responded with “Next question, please.”
Stafford practiced Wednesday and took the majority of reps during the portion of practice open to the media. He didn't have a discernible limp, but appeared to have a little bit of a hitch when he jogged at times. He appeared to be wearing either added protection or a compression sleeve under his pants on his right leg. He did not appear to have anything extra on his ankle.
The only other quarterback Detroit has on its roster is Jake Rudock, who has yet to take a snap in a regular-season game. The Lions did not work out any quarterbacks Tuesday, according to ESPN Insider Field Yates, and the team’s former backup quarterback and potential emergency option, Dan Orlovsky, announced his retirement Wednesday.
Plus, Stafford was seen walking through the locker room, again with no limp and no assistance, which is a potential good sign he’s going to be able to play against New Orleans.