Matthew Stafford injury update: Lions QB expected to start vs. Bucs

Matthew Stafford isn’t going to let his hand injury snap his start streak.

The Lions quarterback is expected to make his 109th consecutive start for Detroit on Sunday against the Buccaneers, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Stafford suffered the injury in the team’s Week 13 loss at Baltimore when Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs stepped on Stafford’s hand after an interception late in the second half. Stafford underwent an X-ray after the game but the results came back negative and he was officially listed as questionable with a bruised right hand, though he was seen throwing at Thursday’s practice with his right pinky and ring fingers taped.

Stafford completed 24 of 29 passes for 292 yards a touchdown and the interception before exiting with the injury. Backup quarterback Jake Rudock took first-team snaps in practice this week should Stafford need reinforcement.

The Lions (6-6) are scheduled to take on the Buccaneers (4-8) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

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