Matthew Stafford's injury said to be minor

Following the Detroit Lions' preseason game was painful Saturday night, whether it was via Twitter or Internet play-by-play or the local television broadcast. Five starters and one key backup, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, were reported to suffer injuries in a 31-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Our job now is to figure out which injuries are significant and which ones sound worse than they are.

The Lions are headed back east this evening, and it might take a few days for word to filter out about everyone. But according to beat writers who covered the game, X-rays on Stafford's left hand were negative. Stafford told reporters he would have continued playing if this were a regular-season game, even after the Raiders' Dave Tollefson drove him into the hard infield dirt at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Other injuries included:

  • Running back Kevin Smith injured his right ankle but told reporters that X-rays were negative and that he had not suffered the more-serious high-ankle sprain.

  • Both starting cornerbacks, Chris Houston and Bill Bentley, departed with injuries. Houston had a left ankle injury and Bentley had a shoulder injury.

  • Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had ice on his knee in the second half, and running back Mikel Leshoure -- making his Lions debut after fighting back from a number of injuries, had a wrap on his midsection after his final run, according to the Associated Press. There are no indications that Suh was icing for any reason other than maintenance.

Naturally, the biggest concern is with Stafford, and the initial panic I saw on Twitter reflected how recently it was that Stafford was viewed as an injury-prone quarterback as opposed to a 5,000-yard passer. We'll obviously monitor his situation closely, but earliest indications suggested Saturday night's injury was not serious.