Detriot Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Ravens with an injury to his throwing hand, and Lions coach Jim Caldwell confirmed on Monday that Stafford did not break his hand.
Though X-rays came back negative on Stafford's right hand earlier this week, he's still dealing with a painful bruise that inhibits his ability to throw the ball.
"We'll see what he can do as the week goes on" is the last thing anyone trying to predict the game wants to hear - but for Lions fans, it's much better than Stafford being ruled out. It's not like it's an insignificant injury.
"He's not out of the woods yet", said Caldwell. Rudock completed three of five passes for 24 yards and an interception against the Ravens and has appeared in three games this season.
Since then, Stafford has been up and down, but he is coming off of two strong seasons which saw him post passer ratings of 97 and 93.3, respectively. The quarterback became the highest-paid player in National Football League history when he signed a five-year, $135 million extension before this season.