Matthew Stafford played through a finger injury before, and not especially well.

But the Detroit Lions' quarterback said Monday on "The Mitch Albom Show" that the injury he suffered to his right middle finger in Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears is not as serious as the one he dealt with in 2011.

"I’ve had the broken index before and played with that, and that’s no fun," Stafford said on WJR-AM (760). "But this one will be a little bit different. I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as that one was."

Stafford broke the index finger on his throwing hand in a late October game in 2011, then played three games after a bye week while wearing a glove to get a better grip on the football.

Stafford threw nine interceptions during those three games, and the Lions went 1-2.

On Sunday, Stafford hurt the middle finger on his throwing hand when he "clapped hands" with Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd on the final play of the first quarter, when he was called for intentional grounding while trying to throw the ball away to avoid a sack after a botched running play.

Stafford received medical attention on the sideline between quarters and played the rest of the game with a glove on his throwing hand.