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Lions’ Stafford ‘day to day’

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Associated Press
October 25, 2011

Matthew Stafford is “day to day” after sustaining a right ankle injury in the final minutes of the Lions’ loss to the Falcons on Sunday.


Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that his quarterback wore a protective boot after the game, but wouldn’t go into details about X-ray or MRI results The coach hinted the injury wasn’t overly serious, saying if tests had shown anything too significant, Stafford would be “more than day to day.”


Stafford’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 90 seconds remaining, and he came hobbling off. He had his ankle taped and said later he would have tried to go back in, but Detroit never got the ball back.


Other injury updates:


-- Washington running back Tim Hightower is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, and receiver Santana Moss will miss five to seven weeks with a broken bone in his left hand.


The Redskins have now lost five offensive starters to significant injuries in the last two games.


Hightower’s knee buckled during a third-quarter run in Sunday’s 33-20 loss to Carolina.


Moss was hurt in the first half of the game and had surgery Monday.


-- Browns kicker Phil Dawson nailed field goal of 52 and 53 yards in Cleveland’s 6-3 win over Seattle on Sunday despite a bruised thigh sustained before the kicks.


Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that Dawson is not likely to kick during practice early this week, but is hopeful the 13-year veteran will be ready for the game at San Francisco.


-- Oakland’s Darren McFadden, the NFL’s leading rusher entering the weekend, sprained his right foot in a loss to Kansas City. McFadden was on crutches and had a walking boot Monday.


Middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who has been nursing a sprained left ankle the past few weeks, was visibly limping and had on a walking boot Monday. Tight end Kevin Boss sustained a concussion against the Chiefs.


-- Broncos leading rusher Willis McGahee is expected to have surgery later this week for a broken finger on his right hand and will not play against Detroit on Sunday.


-- St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo says Sam Bradford remains in a walking boot and isn’t sure of the quarterback’s availability for Sunday against the Saints. Bradford has a high left ankle sprain, and sat out Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys.


Also, Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith has a concussion and will visit a specialist for a neck injury. Defensive tackle Darell Scott also has a concussion.


Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (knee) practiced for first time this season and could return against Dallas on Sunday, while DE Trent Cole (calf) and LT Jason Peters (hamstring) returned to practiced Monday after missing two games each.


There was no update on the status of Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli, who left the game at Detroit with right knee injury that looked serious. Jason Snelling replaced him, and would continue to play if Mughelli is out. Atlanta is off this weekend.


Coach Mike Smith reiterated his relief that quarterback Matt Ryan only tweaked his left knee when offensive lineman Will Svitek stepped on his foot


“It looked a lot worse than it actually turned out to be,” Smith said.


The Giants appear to be getting back to full strength after a bye week, with DE Justin Tuck, RB Brandon Jacobs, G Chris Snee and FB Henry Hynoski all practicing after missing New York’s win over Buffalo on Oct. 16.


The Jets go into their bye week with rookie defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (left ankle) and linebacker David Harris (sprained left ankle) expected to be healthy for the team’s next game against Buffalo. Also, DT Mike DeVito missed Sunday’s win over the Chargers with a knee injury, but coach Rex Ryan said he should be ready for the Bills.


Houston defensive back Danieal Manning has a broken left leg and is sidelined for about a month.



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