Matthew Stafford: Ankle sprain 'is kind of in a weird spot'

When a player doesn’t sound real certain if he’ll play on Sunday because of an injury, it typically means there is little chance he’ll be able to go.

Because a lot of times, players don’t hit the field until well after they’ve publicly said they’re ready.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is “day-to-day” according to the Detroit Free Press with a sprained right ankle, but he said the sprain “is kind of in a weird spot” when he appeared on WJR-AM 760. The Lions play at the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“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 said.

Staying healthy has been the key for Stafford. He couldn’t make it through either of his first two seasons in the league and had his right shoulder separated twice in 2010 when he missed 13 games.

Stafford missed 13 games with two separated right shoulders last year but has played every snap this year, except for two mop-up series in the blowout of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“You sit there and you think, ‘Man, I make it through the whole game, and then on the last play of the game, I’m rolling out, I’m not even in the pocket, and a guy just falls funny on my foot,’” Stafford said. “You just never know in this league, and that’s understandable, but I’m doing everything I possible can to get back.”

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