Lions' Stafford injures hand in preseason game against Raiders

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Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has his hand in a cast after coming out of the game Saturday night. The former Georgia star was hurt after a hit by a defender.  BEN MARGOT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
BEN MARGOT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has his hand in a cast after coming out of the game Saturday night. The former Georgia star was hurt after a hit by a defender.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Quarterback Matthew Stafford left in the second quarter with an injury to his left, non-throwing hand in the Detroit Lions’ 31-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Saturday.

The team said his return was questionable.

The former Georgia Bulldogs’ hand appeared to get hit by an Oakland defender after throwing an incomplete pass Saturday. Trainers were examining Stafford’s hand on the sideline. He was 8 for 10 for 68 yards.

Shaun Hill took over at quarterback on Detroit’s next possession.

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 out of Georgia. After a right shoulder injury sidelined him for all but three games in 2010, Stafford threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns last season to lead the Lions to the playoffs, where they lost to New Orleans.

REDSKINS 30, COLTS 17

In Landover, Md., Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were both impressive as Washington beat Indianapolis in a matchup of the top two picks in the NFL draft.

No. 1 selection Luck completed 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards and a 31-yard touchdown to fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton.

No. 2 pick Griffin went 11 for 17 for 74 yards and a 4-yard scoring throw to Santana Moss.

Both played one series into the third quarter in the teams’ dress rehearsal for the regular season, with the Redskins ahead 14-7 when the subs took over.

Rex Grossman threw two second-half touchdown passes for the Redskins.

STEELERS 38, BILLS 7

In Orchard Park, N.Y., Wide receiver Antonio Brown scored two touchdowns in leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a preseason rout over the Buffalo Bills.

Ben Roethlisberger shook off a slow start by engineering an 11-play, 98-yard touchdown drive for the go-ahead score with a 6-yard pass to Brown at the end of the first half. Brown then opened the second half with a 39-yard touchdown catch from backup Byron Leftwich in helping the Steelers improve to 2-1.

SAINTS 34, TEXANS 27

In New Orleans, Matt Schaub and Drew Brees looked sharp in a high-scoring first half, and Joe Morgan’s touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter lifted New Orleans.

Schaub completed 15-of-18 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, but three turnovers by Houston helped the Saints stay close despite two fumbles of their own.

Brees was 17 of 25 for 179 yards, including TD tosses to Lance Moore and Jimmy Graham.

COWBOYS 20, RAMS 19

In Arlington, Texas, Tony Romo threw for 198 yards with two long touchdowns to Dwayne Harris while playing only the first quarter, and Dallas beat St. Louis.

In what was supposed to be Romo’s most extensive action of the preseason, he showed more than enough to coach Jason Garrett in three offensive drives, even with his top three pass-catchers hurt and not playing.

Romo completed 9 of 13 passes.

BUCCANEERS: Offensive lineman Davin Joseph has a torn right patellar tendon and will undergo surgery that will sideline him for the entire season.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured during the second quarter of Friday night’s 30-28 preseason victory over New England when a teammate blocked a Patriots lineman into the back of Joseph’s knee.


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